Kaizer Chiefs

Kaizer Chiefs is a South African professional football club which was founded on January 7, 1970 by Kaizer Motaung in Soweto, Johannesburg in the Transvaal Province of apartheid South Africa – today’s Gauteng province of the Republic of South Africa. Kaizer Chiefs competes in the Premier Soccer League of South Africa (PSL) and it is one of five clubs to have never been relegated since the founding of the PSL, the others being; Mamelodi Sundowns, Moroka Swallows, Supersport United and arch-rivals Orlando Pirates. Kaizer Chiefs is the most successful football club in South Africa by a number of combined official trophies it has won since its founding.

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Full Name

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club


Amakhosi, Glamour Boys
Founded January 7, 1970
Home Ground FNB Stadium
Chairman Kaizer Motaung
Coach Stuart Baxter
Captain Itumeleng Khune
League Absa Premiership
2013/14 2nd

2014/15 Kit

Home Away
Kaizer Chiefs 14-15 Home Jersey Kaizer Chiefs 14-15 Away Jersey

Kaizer Chiefs was founded by former Orlando Pirates player, Kaizer Motaung, on January 7, 1970 after he returned from playing overseas for Atlanta Chiefs of the North American Soccer League (NASL) in the United States of America.

Other people have been credited as instrumental figures in the founding and growth of Kaizer Chiefs including; Clarence Mlokoti, China Ngema, Ewert “The Lip” Nene †, Gilbert Sekgabi † and Rabelani Jan Mofokeng.

Kaizer Motaung combined his name “Kaizer” with that of his former club “Chiefs” in formulating the name of his them new club.

The club’s crest which carries a famous symbol of associated American Indian Tribe chief is also taken from or inspired that of Atlanta Chiefs.

Kaizer Motaung was motivated and encouraged by his late father, Ceyland Motaung, to proceed with plans to form a professional football club.

He, Kaizer Motaung, had plans to form a professional football club and had gone as far as assembling some of the best players in South Africa at the time but was beset with doubt and uncertainty.

His father, an unwavering Orlando Pirates supporter who had supported his son (Kaizer Motaung) throughout his career at that club (Orlando Pirates), urged him to go on.

“It was then that my late father urged me to go ahead with the project, that I summoned enough courage to proceed with the plan, ” Kaizer Motaung was quoted by the Kaizer Chiefs website.

Kaizer Motaung was playing in the United States of America in the North American Soccer League.

In 1969 on his return to South Africa he learned that his friends [Ratha Mokgoatleng, Msomi Khoza, Zero Johnson and Ewert Nene †,] who played for Orlando Pirates were expelled from the club.

Kaizer Motaung approached the then chairman of Orlando Pirates, Mike Tseka, and asked for the permission to use the expelled players on the tour of South Africa where the newly founded football club was going to play friendlies.

“I approached Mike Tseka, then Pirates chairman and expressed fears that I foresaw trouble and suggested that perhaps it would be a perfect idea if I used the expelled players to calm down the situation as it was tense in the camp,” Kaizer Motaung was quote.

At the formation of Kaizer Chiefs football club several people who played key roles were recruited or even poached from established clubs such as Orlando Pirates Football Club and Moroka Swallows Football Club.

Kaizer Chiefs did not only attract talent and staff of the established football clubs of that time, it also attracted their fans.

Initially known as Kaizer XI, chief among the hindrances in establishing the club as a professional competitor was Kaizer Motaung’s loyalty to Orlando Pirates – he had hoped they would be able to resolve their differences, however, his father advised him to go on due to sustained problems inside Orlando Pirates.

Labelled the “Rebel Group” Kaizer Motaung also faced a daunting task in getting his Kaizer XI affiliated with the Johannesburg Bantu Football Association (JBFA); However, Matthew Mphahane who was involved in the Nigel Football Association advised them to affiliate with that association and proceed with the establishment of the club.

In 1971 Kaizer XI, now known as Kaizer Chiefs and affiliated with Nigel Football Association, began competing in friendly matches and cup competitions in preparation for National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).



Early Competition, National Soccer League and NPSL: 1971 – 1996

In 1971 Kaizer Chiefs won the inaugural South African Cup (today’s Nedbank Cup due to sponsorship reasons), this cup victory marked what would become an illustrious history and sustained tradition.

During the period of their early competition Kaizer Chiefs won five (5) National Premier Soccer League titles (1974, 1977, 1979, 1981 and 1984) and three (3) National Soccer League titles (1989, 1991, 1992).

During the same period in cup competitions Kaizer Chief s won nine (9) South African Cup titles (1971, 1972, 1976, 1977, 1979, 1981, 1982, 1984, 1987 and 1992); eleven (11) Top Eight Cup titles (1974, 1976, 1977, 1981, 1982, 1985, 1987, 1989, 1991 and 1992); and five (5) League Cup titles 1983, 1984, 1986, 1988 and 1989).

At the dawn of the Premier Soccer League of South Africa Kaizer Chiefs had amassed a record 33 official trophies; averaging more than one cup per season over a period of  25 years.

It is important to note that Kaizer Chiefs won other cups during this period; however, those cups have since been discontinued or were unofficial competitions.


The Premier Soccer League of South Africa: 1996 – to date

In 1996 the Premier Soccer League of South Africa was founded through the merger of the National Soccer League (NSL) and remained of the National Premier Soccer League (NPSL).

The Premier Soccer League consist of four domestic official competitions; the Premiership (League), Top Eight Cup, League Cup and the South African Cup.

Kaizer Chiefs finished 2nd on the log in the inaugural season (1996/97) of the Premier Soccer League after Gordon Igesund led Manning Rangers to their first and only Premiership title.

They also finished second in the next two seasons owing to Mamelodi Sundowns’ league dominance that lasted three consecutive seasons.

In the 2003/04 PSL season, after seven season since the dawn of the PSL, Kaizer Chiefs embarked on a campaign that would see them crowned champions and in the 2004/05 PSL season they overtook season long log leaders Orlando Pirates to be crown champions for the second consecutive time.


  • Doubles

In the 2001/02 PSL season Kaizer Chiefs won their first PSL era double  [Top 8 and League Cup0]; and repeated the feat in 2003/04 season with a League and the League Cup title and in the following season (2004/05) the defended both their titles to secure their third double in the PSL.

In the 2012/13 PSL season Kaizer Chiefs won their fourth double when they won their third league title and their thirteenth SA Cup title.


  • Titles/ Championships

Kaizer Chiefs is considered South Africa’s most successful club; this is because of the number of official titles they have won since the founding of the club.

As of January 2015 Kaizer Chiefs hold 45 official titles including the CAF African Cup Winners’ Cup they won in 2001; 21 times more than those of their arch-rivals Orlando Pirates.

Kaizer Chiefs won an official title every season for a record eight (8) consecutive seasons from the 2003/04 season to 2010/2011 season including two consecutive doubles in the 2003/04 and 2004/05 seasons.



CAF Competitions

Kaizer Chiefs is undoubtedly one of the most formidable football clubs in South Africa and to some extent in Africa.

The club won the 2001 CAF African Cup Winners’ Cup (today’s CAF Confederation Cup) by 2-1 on aggregate; this was after playing to a 1-1 draw against Interclube at Estádio dos Coqueiros, Luanda in Angola and winning 1-0 on the return leg played at FNB Stadium, Johannesburg in South Africa.

In 1997 after finishing second in the inaugural season of the PSL Kaizer Chiefs was suppose to take part CAF African Cup Winners’ Cup (today’s CAF Confederation Cup) but withdrew and was replaced by Mamelodi Sundowns.

In May 2005 Kaizer Chiefs were suspended from participating in CAF club competitions for three years after refusing to play a scheduled match.

In April 2014 Kaizer Chiefs sent 13 players and an assistant coach to play the second and away leg of their CAF Champions League against ASEC Mimosas of Ivory Coast – they lost 1-0, this was after they had already lost 2-1 at home and were knocked out 3-1 on aggregate.

Following Orlando Pirates‘ good run in the 2013 CAF Champions League, the Premier Soccer League – as of 2015 – have four spot in CAF club competitions; The league winner and runner up both qualify for the Champions League while number 3 and the SA Cup Winner both qualify for the Confederation Cup.

In the 2013/14 season Kaizer Chiefs finished second behind Mamelodi Sundowns and qualified for the 2015 CAF Champions League, at one point their participation in the competition was doubtful but they have since taken part.



The Soweto Derby

The Soweto Derby is a football match contested between Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates; the rivalry dates back to January 24, 1970.

The rivalry began when former Orlando Pirates player formed his own professional football club, Kaizer Chiefs, and was exacerbated by the exodus that followed him to that new club.

Over the years Kaizer Chiefs have always had an upper hand on Orlando Pirates; they have scored more goals and won more matches.

The Soweto Derby attracts scores of people and massive media attention and is often played to a sold out stadium.




Kaizer Chiefs play a majority of the home matches at their official home stadium, the FNB Stadium, situated in Nasrec, Soweto in Johannesburg, Gauteng province of South Africa.

FNB Stadium NasrecThe FNB Stadium has a capacity of 94, 736 (seated) and is located next to the headquarters of the South Africa Football Association (SAFA House).

The stadium is used for all Premiership Soweto Derby matches; this includes Orlando Pirates’ home matches.

Kaizer Chiefs also uses the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane in the Limpopo province and the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit in the Mpumalanga province as home venues for some matches.


  • Amakhosi Stadium

Kaizer Chiefs have plans to build their own stadium called Amakhosi Stadium in Krugersdorp in the West Rand about 40 kilometers West of the city of Johannesburg.

The project has been marred with delays and as of January 2015 the future of the project remains unknown.




Kaizer Chiefs LogoLucas Hadebe, Iwisa Kaizer ChiefsThe Kaizer Chiefs crest was inspired by that of Atlanta Chiefs, a football club Kaizer Motaung played for in the North American Soccer League in the United States of America (USA).

Kaizer Chiefs’ crest carries a famous American symbol of associated American Indian Tribe chief.

The symbol, which has often attracted controversy in the USA, depicts what is presumably an Indian Chief wearing a full eagle-feather warbonnet on his head.

Over the years the Kaizer Chiefs crest has remained largely unchanged; this includes the text, symbol and colours.

Atlanta+ChiefsHowever there was a period when Kaizer Chiefs was known as Iwisa Kaizer Chiefs and the text “Iwisa” appeared on the crest, furthermore, the crest had a touch of red.



Kit (Jersey)

Kaizer Chiefs traditional colours are Gold and Black; down the years they have always worn a predominantly gold home jersey with black markings.

Kaizer Chiefs Kit 2014-2015They often were the gold shirts marked in black with black shorts marked in gold; the variation to their home kit is the gold shorts instead of black.

Kaizer Chiefs wear navy-blue shirts with gold markings as their away kit with gold shorts marked in black.

The other variation to the away kit has been the introduction of white with gold markings; this shirt appeared in the early 2000 but has since fallen away owing to the navy-blue.




Kaizer Chiefs chairman is Kaizer Motaung, he is the founder of the club and had two coaching stints at the club in 1973 to 74 and in 1977 to 1978.

He has led the club since it’s founding; in recent years his children Jessica and Bobby Motaung have also played prominent roles in the club’s management structures.


Management and Technical Team

Chairman: Kaizer Motaung
Head Coach: Stuart Baxter
Marketing Manager: Jessica Motaung
Assistant Coach: Doctor Khumalo
Administrative Manager: Abdulla Mayet
Assistant Coach: Arthur Zwane
Football Manager: Bobby Motaung
Goalkeeper Coach: Dennis Rudel
Supporter Relations: Cecil Motaung Team Doctor: Unknown




Kaizer Chiefs is the most supported club in South Africa; every time they play away from the FNB Stadium or even away from their home province of Gauteng it is often said they are playing at “home”.

Kaizer Chiefs SupportersThis is because their supporters out-number those of any other domestic opposition including some of the best followed clubs including Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Bloemfontein Celtic.

Kaizer Chiefs also enjoy the support of a number of South African celebrities such as musicians Kwela Tebza brothers (Mpho,Tebogo and Tshepo Lerole), Aaron Moloisi, AKA and Thami Mngqolo among others.

Kaizer Chiefs fame, popularity and support is such that an English indie rock band from Leeds, Kaiser Chiefs, is named after the club.




Kaizer Chiefs is the most successful professional football club in South Africa; this is based on the number of trophies they have won since the club was founded.

The highest achievement by Kaizer Chiefs was when they won the 2001 CAF African Cup Winners’ Cup (today’s CAF Confederation Cup) and became only the second South African club to win a continental competition, the other being their Soweto rivals – Orlando Pirates – who won the 1995 CAF African Champions League (at the time CAF African Cup of Champions Clubs).

Kaizer Chiefs has often been exceptional in domestic competitions but have often neglected the continental competitions.

Kaizer Chiefs FC Honours Since 1971 – to date

Season League Top 8 League Cup SA Cup Champions League Confederation Cup Super Cup Total
1971 Winner 1
1972 Winner 1
1973 0
1974 Winner Winner 2
1975 0
1976 Winner Winner 2
1977 Winner Winner Winner 3
1978 0
1979 Winner Winner 2
1980 0
1981 Winner Winner Winner 3
1982 Winner Winner 2
1983 Winner 1
1984 Winner Winner Winner 3
1985 Winner 1
1986 Winner 1
1987 Winner Winner 2
1988 Winner 1
1989 Winner Winner Winner 3
1990 0
1991 Winner Winner 2
1992 Winner Winner Winner 3
1993 0
1994 Winner 1
Total 8 11 5 10 0 0 0 33

Premier Soccer League Era: 1996 – to date

Season League Top 8 League Cup SA Cup Champions League Confederation Cup Super Cup Total
1996/97 2nd 0
1997/98 2nd Winner 1
1998/99 2nd Winner 1
1999/00 3rd Winner 1
2000/01 2nd Winner 2
2001/02 9th Winner Winner 2
2002/03 6th 0
2003/04 Winner Winner 2
2004/05 Winner Winner 2
2005/06 3rd Winner 1
2006/07 9th Winner 1
2007/08 6th -Winner 1
2008/09 3rd Winner 1
2009/10 3rd Winner 1
2010/11 3rd Winner 1
2011/12 5th 0
2012/13 Winner Winner 2
2013/14 2nd 0
2014/15 Winner Winner 2
Total 4 15 13 13 0 1 0 46
*The total number of Kaizer Chiefs FC trophies displayed on the bottom right at the end of table does NOT include the eight league titles won before the formation of the Premier Soccer League.



Club Records

  • Most appearances – Doctor Khumalo (RSA, 397)
  • Most goals – Marks Maponyane (RSA, 85)
  • Most capped Player – Siphiwe Tshabalala (RSA, 58)
  • Most appearances in a season – Niel Tovey (RSA, 52 apps in 1992)
  • Most goals in a season – Collins Mbesuma (ZAM, 35 goals in  2004/05)
  • Record victory: 9-1 against Manning Rangers (Cup – 1996.03.23).
  • Record defeat: 1-5 against AmaZulu (League – 1986.06.08) and against Orlando Pirates (League – 1990.11.03).




In the Premier Soccer League of South Africa, only five non-South African nationals can be registered by a single club. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as South Africans while Namibians born before 1990 do not count as foreigners



Current Kaizer Chiefs FC Squad

Number Nationality Player Position Number Nationality Player Position
1 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Reyaad Pieterse Goalkeeper 21 Flag of Zimbabwe Matthew Rusike Midfielder
2   22 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Mandla Masango Midfielder
3 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Erick Mathoho
Defender 23 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Tefu Mashamaite Defender
4 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa David Zulu
Midfielder 24 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Tsepo Masilela Defender
5 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Siboniso Gaxa Defender 25 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Bernard Parker Forward
6 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Reneilwe Letsholonyane Midfielder 26 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Lorenzo Gordinho Defender
7 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Katlego Mphela Forward 27 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Hendrick Ekstein Midfielder
9 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Josta Dladla Midfielder 29 Flag of Zimbabwe Ovidy Karuru Forward
10 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Siyabonga Nkosi Midfielder 30 Flag of Uganda Ivan Bukenya Defender
11 31 Flag of Zimbabwe Willard Katsande Midfielder
12 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa George Maluleka Midfielder 32 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Itumeleng Khune (Captain) Goalkeeper
14 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Siphiwe Tshabalala (Vice-Captain) Midfielder 35 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Chris Matombo Midfielder
15 36 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Simphiwe Mtsweni Defender
16 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Brilliant Nhlanhla Khuzwayo Goalkeeper 83 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Morgan Gould Defender
17 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa George Lebese Midfielder
18 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Kgotso Moleko Defender
19. The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Phakamani Mngadi Midfielder
20 The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Siphelele Mthembu Forward

Players on Loan

The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Abia Nale (Mpumalanga Black Aces)
Midfielder Flag of Zimbabwe Lincoln Zvasiya (OFI Crete) Midfielder
The Flag of the Republic of South Africa Sakhile Hlongwa (Thanda Royal Zulu) Forward







Kaizer Chiefs Coaches since: 1971 – to date

Coach Period Nationality
Thomas Johnson
1971 South Africa
Thomas Johnson and Kaizer Motaung
1972 South Africa
Kaizer Motaung
1973 – 74 South Africa
Eliakim Khumalo 1974 South Africa
Eddie Lewis 1974 – 76 England
Eliakim Khumalo 1976 South Africa
Thomas Johnson
1976 South Africa
Eliakim Khumalo 1976 South Africa
Eddie Lewis
1976 South Africa
Kaizer Motaung 1977 – 78
South Africa
Mario Tuani 1979 – 80
Eddie Lewis 1980 England
Chris Ngcobo 1981 South Africa
Eliakim Khumalo 1981
South Africa
Joseph Setlhodi 1982 Unknown
Eddie Lewis 1983 South Africa
Eliakim Khumalo and Jackie Masike
1983 South Africa
Orlando Casares 1983
Joe Frickleton 1984 – 1985
Shaka Ngcobo 1985 South Africa
Eddie Lewis 1985 England
Ted Dimitru 1985 – 88 Romania
Jack Chamangwana 1988 Malawi
Jeff Butler 1988 – 89 Unknown
Jack Chamangwana 1989 Malawi
Augusto Palacios 1990 Peru
Jeff Butler 1991 Unknown
Nelson “Teenage” Dladla 1991 South Africa
Wiseman Mbale 1992 Zambia
Jeff Butler 1992 Unknown
Sergio dos Santos 1993 Portugal
Nelson “Teenage” Dladla and Ryder Mofokeng  1993 South Africa
Geoff Hudson 1993 England
Philippe Troussier 1994 France
Trott Moloto 1994 South Africa
Augusto Palacios 1995 Peru
Jeff Butler 1995 – 96 Unknown
Walter da Silva 1996 Brazil
Wellington Manyathi 1997 South Africa
Paul Dolezar July 1, 1997–June 30, 1999 France
Jacob Sephoa 1999 Unknown
Muhsin Ertugral July 14, 1999 – 2002 Turkey
Doctor Khumalo and Ace Khuse 2002 – 03 South Africa
Ted Dimitru July 1, 2003 – June 30, 2005 Romania
Ernst Middendorp July 1, 2005 – March 5, 2007 Germany
Kosta Papić March 7, 2007 – June 4, 2007 Serbia
Muhsin Ertugral March 7, 2007 – June 4, 2007 Turkey
Vladimir Vermezović May 18, 2009 – April 12, 2012 Serbia
Ace Khuse April 12, 2012 – June 30, 2012 South Africa
Stuart Baxter July 1, 2012 – to date