Kaizer Chiefs F.C.

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Kaizer Chiefs
Kaizer Chiefs logo.svg
Full nameKaizer Chiefs Football Club
Nickname(s)AmaKhosi; The Phefeni Boys; Abafana Bok'thula noxolo
Short nameChiefs
Founded7 January 1970;52 years ago (1970-01-07)
Stadium FNB Stadium
Chairman DR Kaizer Motaung
League DStv Premiership
2021–22 5th
Soccerball current event.svg Current season

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club (often known as Chiefs) is a South African professional football club based in Naturena, Johannesburg South, that plays in the Premier Soccer League. The team is nicknamed AmaKhosi, which means "Lords" or "Chiefs" in Zulu, and the Phefeni Glamour Boys. Chiefs have won 13 league titles (four in the PSL era) and over 50 club trophies. As a result, they hold the most trophies amongst all clubs in South Africa and are the most successful team in South African football history since the start of the top flight in 1970. They are the most supported club in the country, drawing an average home attendance of 16,144 in the 2019–20 season, the highest in the league. The team plays its home matches at the 94,797-capacity FNB Stadium. [1]


The team has a strong local rivalry with Orlando Pirates, a fellow Soweto team that Chiefs founder Kaizer Motaung played for in his early playing career. Famous players who donned the black-and-gold jersey in the past include former national team captains Neil Tovey and Lucas Radebe as well as Patrick Ntsoelengoe, Gary Bailey, John "Shoes" Moshoeu, Shaun Bartlett, Steve Komphela, Siyabonga Nomvete, and Doctor Khumalo.

The Kaizer Chiefs were banned by the African Football (CAF) from competing in African club competitions until 2009 after their abrupt withdrawal from the 2005 CAF Confederation Cup. This was the second time in four years that Chiefs had been penalized by CAF for refusal to participate in a competition.

It is the most supported team in sub-Saharan Africa. Kaizer Chiefs had a support base of over 16,000,000 at the turn of the century. Today, it is estimated at approximately 40,000,000 fans across Southern Africa, the majority of the fanbase in South Africa and neighbouring countries. In January 2020, Kaizer Chiefs celebrated their 50th anniversary. [2]

Kaiser Chiefs, the British indie rock/britpop band, was named after the club because Lucas Radebe, a former player of Kaizer Chiefs, captained Leeds United, the team that the band members all supported. [3]


Kaizer Chiefs were founded in January 1970 shortly after the return of Kaizer "Chincha Guluva" Motaung from the United States where he played as a striker for the Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League (NASL). He combined his own first name with the Atlanta Chiefs to create the name of Kaizer Chiefs. Several other people have played key roles in the formation and growth of Kaizer Chiefs, including the late Gilbert Sekgabi, Clarence Mlokoti, China Ngema, Ewert "The Lip" Nene, and Rabelani Jan Mofokeng, he trailed and quit because of work. [4]

Kaizer Chiefs are known as "Amakhosi" by its fans, a Zulu word meaning "kings" or "chiefs". Their headquarters is Kaizer Chiefs Village, in Naturena, six kilometres south of Johannesburg. [4]

The 2001–02 season was one of the Club's most successful in their history as well as their most tragic. They won four major trophies in four months; the Vodacom Challenge, the BP Top Eight, the Coca-Cola Cup, and the African Cup Winners' Cup. [5] At the time the team was said to have been a team that was on "Operation vat alles" by its then public relations officer Putco Mafani, "vat alles" being an Afrikaans statement meaning "take everything" in English. However, the highs of cup wins was contrasted by the lows of the Ellis Park Stadium disaster on 11 April 2001, in which 43 fans were crushed to death during the Soweto Derby between Chiefs and their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. [6]

By winning the African Cup Winners' Cup, Chiefs played the 2001 CAF Champions League winners Al Ahly of Egypt in the 2002 CAF Super Cup. In April 2002, Kaizer Chiefs' achievements during 2001 were recognized as they were chosen as the "CAF Club of the Year" by the Confederation of African Football. [4]

In the 2003–04 season Chiefs were given the Fair Play Award at the Peace Cup in South Korea. Chiefs ended the season as league champions, winning the PSL for the first time in their history. [7]

During the championship race of the 2004–05 soccer season, Chiefs overtook the season-long leaders (Orlando Pirates) in the last game of the season to defend its PSL championship. Under the leadership of Romanian coach Ted Dumitru, Zambian striker Collins Mbesuma had a record-breaking season scoring 39 goals in all competitions. [8]

Kaizer Chiefs' forays into Africa were temporarily scuttled by a Confederation of African Football (CAF) ban. [9] However, it still made its presence felt through the annual Vodacom Challenge that pit Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates with an invited European club. Chiefs have won the Vodacom Challenge Cup 5 times since its inception. They beat a young Manchester United side 4–3 on penalties in the 2006 Challenge to win the trophy. [10]

In March 2007, coach Ernst Middendorp and the club parted company. The club instantly appointed their rival Orlando Pirates' former coach Kosta Papić for the remainder of the 2006–07 season.[ citation needed ]

Muhsin Ertuğral returned for the 2007–08 season to begin his second stint with Chiefs, having already coached The Glamour Boys from 1999 until 2003. [11]

On 26 June 2021, the team secured their first CAF Champions League final appearance after defeating Wydad AC by a 1–0 aggregate. [12]

On 9 July 2021, Kaizer Chiefs confirmed through Twitter that they signed six players for next season after their transfer ban ended. [13] On 17 July 2021, they lost 3–0 against Al Ahly in the Champions League Final. [14]


Amakhosi Stadium

During the past years, the Amakhosi have used no less than nine stadiums in Johannesburg as their home ground, and often rotated between several stadiums during the season. In August 2006, the club made a strategic decision to sign a "mutual interest agreement" with a stadium developer and the local municipality regarding the construction of a new permanent home venue for Kaizer Chiefs, at a total planned cost of R1.2 billion (£105m), which was to be partly owned by the club. This future home venue was named Amakhosi Stadium, and will be situated in Krugersdorp, roughly 40 km west of Johannesburg. Initially it was planned to open in December 2008, but according to the latest revised construction plan, it is now expected only to be finalised by August 2012. The planned stadium was redesigned into a cheaper project, with a new price tag at R700 million, and the capacity being reduced from 55,000 to 35,000 seats. [15] As part of the new revised construction plan for the stadium, it was announced by Kaizer Chiefs, that they no longer plan to be one of the owners of the stadium, but remain ready to support the stadium as a long time committed tenant.

The new stadium was initially planned to be part of a greater sports precinct, into which the club would also move its entire "Kaizer Chiefs Youth Development Programme". The Gauteng Provincial Government have agreed to develop the needed infrastructures around the stadium, in order to guarantee sufficient road and railway access for the huge crowd of spectators.

The stadium developers initially had set time lines for the Amakhosi stadium, to open its doors for the public in December 2008. As of July 2010, construction however had not yet started. Kaizer Chiefs announced in August 2010, that construction of Amakhosi Stadium was now expected only to start in autumn 2010, and finalised by August 2012. It had been postponed several years, due to Kaizer Chiefs and its joint partners, facing difficulties to finance the construction. For the football seasons in 2010–12, the team instead planned to use Rand Stadium as their home venue. [16]

Kaizer Chiefs however only played four of their 15 home games at Rand Stadium in 2010–11, due to some experienced capacity problems, with the transportation related infrastructures around the stadium -and a low spectator attendance. Instead the team during this season, played most of their home games, at the big FNB Stadium -Soccer City. [17]

FNB Stadium/Soccer City

The completed Soccer City in 2014. FNB Stadium 2014-11-08.jpg
The completed Soccer City in 2014.

FNB Stadium is a stadium located in Johannesburg, with a capacity of 94,736 seats. It is located next to the South African Football Association headquarters (SAFA House), where both the FIFA offices and the Local Organising Committee for the 2010 FIFA World Cup is housed. [18]

The Soweto Derby

The Soweto Derby between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates is one of the most fiercely contested matches in world football, and in contrast to most other games in the South African Premier Soccer League, always attracts a large fanbase.


League (13) [19]

Premier Soccer League (From 1996–97 to date)

National Soccer League (1985 to 1996)

National Professional Soccer League (1971 to 1984)

Cups (41)

Nedbank Cup (SAFA Cup)

Telkom Knockout (League Cup)

MTN 8 (Top 8 Tournament)


CAF Champions League

African Cup Winners' Cup

CAF Super Cup

Individual Awards


Vodacom Challenge

Telkom Charity Cup

Carling Black Label Cup

Sales House Champ of Champs

Ohlsson's Challenge Cup

Castle Challenge Cup

Stylo Cup

UCT Super Team Competition

Shell Helix Ultra Cup

Performance in CAF Competitions

Kaizer Chiefs qualified to play for the 1997 African Cup Winners' Cup but unfortunately withdrew from the competition. The team made their first CAF Cupappearance in the year 2000 and only made it to the round of 16.They got thissame result in the 2005 CAF Champions League and 2014 CAF Champions League. In the 2018 edition of the CAF Confederations Cup, Kaizer Chiefs reached the playoff round of 30 in which they got eliminated in. Kaizer Chiefs are the runner-ups of the 2020-21 CAF Champions League and the 2002 CAF Super Cup after being crowned the Champions of the 2001 African Cup Winners' Cup.

CAF champions LeagueRound of 161993
Round of 162005
Round of 162014
Round of 322016
CAF Super CupRunner-up2002
African Cup Winners' CupWithdrew1997
CAF CupRound of 162000
CAF Confederations CupPlay-off Round2014
Play-off round2018

Kaizer Chiefs' appearances in African competitions

Club records

Premier League era

1996–97 2nd34181245623336652.9 %
1997–98 2nd34171255235176350 %
1998–99 2nd3423657334397567.6 %
1999–2000 3rd34161264022186047 %
2000–01 2nd34161264125166047 %
2001–02 9th3412139383354935.29 %
2002–03 6th3014884226165046.7 %
2003–04 Winners¹3018933911286360 %
2004–05 Winners²30171125526296256.6 %
2005–06 3rd30121443926135040 %
2006–07 9th30119104232104236.7 %
2007–08 6th30101373220124333.3 %
2008–09 3rd3015510373255050 %
2009–10 3rd3014973925145146.7 %
2010–11 3rd3017854523225956.7 %
2011–12 5th3014883523125046.7 %
2012–13 Winners³30151234821275750 %
2013–14 2nd3019654317266363.3 %
2014–15 Winners⁴3021634114276970 %
2015–16 5th30111363928115036.6 %
2016–17 4th30131163928115043.3 %
2017–18 3rd3012126272254840 %
2018–19 9th309129332943930 %
2019–20 2nd 3017674827215756.6 %
2020-21 8th30812103437-33626.6 %
2021-22 5th301389342684743.3 %
Total4 titles8043822591631090674416140548.52 %


Club officials

Executive chairman Flag of South Africa.svg Kaizer Motaung
Football manager Flag of South Africa.svg Bobby Motaung
Marketing manager Flag of South Africa.svg Jessica Motaung
Chief Financial Officer Flag of South Africa.svg Ari Lambropoulos
Corporate Communications Manager Flag of South Africa.svg Alpheus 'Vina' Maphosa
Head of Digital Flag of South Africa.svg Kemiso Motaung

Senior team staff

Sports Director Flag of South Africa.svg Kaizer Motaung Jnr
Head of Technical team Flag of South Africa.svg Molefi Ntseki
Head Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Arthur Zwane
Team manager Flag of South Africa.svg Gerald Sibeko
First Assistant Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Dillon Sheppard
Flag of South Africa.svg Vela Khumalo
Goalkeeper Coach Flag of South Africa.svg Tshemedi Molopo
Flag of South Africa.svg Itumeleng Khune
Head of Sports Science Flag of South Africa.svg Jarred Marsh
Head Physiotherapist Flag of South Africa.svg David Milner
Senior Team Physiotherapist Flag of South Africa.svg Jose Cox
Masseur Flag of South Africa.svg Matthew Laubscher

Current players

As of 11 August 2022 [20]

Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

1 GK Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Brandon Peterson
2 DF Flag of Mozambique.svg  MOZ Edmilson Dove
3 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Eric Mathoho
4 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Zitha kwinika
5 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Kamohelo Mahlatsi
6 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Siyethemba Sithebe
8 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Yusuf Maart
9 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Ashley Du Preez
10 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Keagan Dolly
11 FW Flag of Zimbabwe.svg  ZIM Khama Billiat
12 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Nkosingiphile Ngcobo
14 FW Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Kgaogelo Sekgota
17 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Cole Alexander
18 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Dillion Solomons
19 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Happy Mashiane
21 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Sifiso Hlanti
22 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA George Matlou
24 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Phathutshedzo Nange
27 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Njabulo Ngcobo
28 FW Flag of Burundi.svg  BDI Bonfils-Caleb Bimenyimana
29 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Austin Dube
30 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Siyabonga Ngezana
32 GK Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Itumeleng Khune (captain)
33 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Sabelo Radebe
34 GK Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Karabo Molefe
39 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Reeve Frosler
42 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Mduduzi Shabalala
44 GK Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Bruce Bvuma
45 DF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Njabulo Blom
46 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Keletso Sifama
MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Darrel Matsheke(on loan)
47 MF Flag of South Africa.svg  RSA Lebohang Lesako (on loan)

Notable former players

For all Kaizer Chiefs players with a Wikipedia article see Category:Kaizer Chiefs F.C. players


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On 29 October 2012, Kaizer Chiefs announced that they had registered a rugby sevens team to participate in the inaugural 7s Premier League. [22]


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