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Kaizer Chiefs Founder and Owner Kaizer Motaung Inducted Into South African Hall of Fame
- Kaizer Motaung founded Kazier Chiefs while playing football in the United States
- He took inspiration from the Atlanta Chiefs, his North American Soccer League side
- Kaizer Chiefs have won the South African top division 13 times, most recently in 2015
A South African legend has taken his rightful place among the greats.
Kaizer Motaung was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame during a glamourous celebrity-filled banquet in Johannesburg.
Chincha Guluva's long overdue recognition as one of the founding fathers of South African football comes almost a month after his 79th birthday.
Motaung played for Orlando Pirates before moving to the United States to play for Atlanta Chiefs.
In his debut season, he was the North American Soccer League's (NASL) top goalscorer and was named NASL Rookie of the Year in 1969.
The left-footed magician returned to South Africa and founded his famous club, drawing inspiration from his NASL ties. Kaizer Chiefs have since won the South African top division 13 times.
“The visionary founder and chair of the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, Dr Motaung, has not only sculpted the present and future of football but has also left an indelible legacy that will inspire generations to come."
The induction comes days before the Soweto Derby, and Chiefs coach Cavin Johnson is hoping to use the moment to spur on his players.
The Citizen reported on Johnson's comments at a pre-game press conference, saying:
"You talk about Kaizer, you talk about a club owner who has a facility like the village and has built all this from scratch. I am just a coach who is going to go out there and do the best we can with the players we have in order to maintain the legacy he has built.”
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