‘Finishing fifth was below was our standards’

Kaizer Chiefs marketing director, Jessica Motaung, reflected on the previous season saying that it was below Amakhosi’s standards.

Kaizer Chiefs finished the 2021/21 season on position five; 18 points behind league champions Mamelodi Sundowns.

“Finishing in fifth place on the DStv Premiership log in 2022 was naturally below the lofty standards the club sets for itself,” said Motaung.

“It has ushered in a period in which we have entrusted the future of the club in the hands of one of the club’s revered footballing sons in Arthur Zwane as our head coach. Arthur has been with the club for many years now, first as an accomplished player and later as a coach within our development structures.

With Arthur having worked with so many of the players from our development ranks in the past who have now made their way into the first team this season, the likes of Mduduzi Shabalala, Wandile Duba and Samkelo Zwane, we are confident this approach will bear fruit.

We are excited about the future with coach Arthur and his assistant Dillon Sheppard at the helm, along with the rest of the technical team.”

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“Late in the year we wished one of the products of our development academy, Njabulo Blom, bon voyage, as he left for the United States to showcase his talents in Major League Soccer with St. Louis City – a sign of the kind of quality we are capable of producing from our development ranks and we trust he will represent us well.

“A major highlight for the senior team in 2022 was winning both Soweto Derby games against archrivals, Orlando Pirates. Our recent dominance in the Derby was reaffirmed and we are committed to ensure that trend continues because we know what these games mean to the fans, and SA football in general.

“But more importantly for us, we need to ensure continued improvement and consistency across the DStv Premiership season and challenge for the title the fans and the club craves to reassert its standing in South African football.

“We saw some legendary players depart the club in 2022, whose contribution we will always cherish, and we were excited to welcome eight exciting young and experienced players to our ranks this season who are starting to gel well and show their quality.”

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