Kaizer Motaung reveals Chiefs’ target for January transfer window

08 January 2020 - 11:57

BY MARC STRYDOM

Kaizer Chiefs owner-chairman Kaizer Motaung speaks during the club's 50th Anniversary celebrations in Orlando West, Soweto, on January 7 2020. 
Image: Marc Strydom

Kaizer Chiefs are lining up one big signing in the January transfer window‚ chairman Kaizer Motaung has revealed.

Speaking at Chiefs’ 50th anniversary celebrations in Phefeni‚ Orlando West on Tuesday‚ Motaung was asked if‚ with Amakhosi top of the log at the halfway stage the club’s thinking might be to sign one or two top-class players to ram home the advantage.

Chiefs have come under pressure as chasing teams – including defending champions Mamelodi Sundowns – have reduced a gap of around 10 points to four or five over the Christmas period.

This adds to the burden for a relatively inexperienced squad‚ but one who hit form in the opening half of 2019-20‚ of adding silverware in Amakhosi’s half-century anniversary season after four unprecedented preceding campaigns without a trophy.

“As you know it’s another window period‚ and obviously there might be an opportunity for us to acquire one position. If it succeeds‚ it will happen in the next two weeks or so‚” Motaung said.

“Obviously we have done our homework and we’ve made certain moves. But if it doesn’t happen‚ it’s not a train smash.”

Motaung was reluctant to reveal even the position of the player‚ probably understandably‚ given the manner in which some of Chiefs’ opposition have appeared to jump in front of the queue on the signings they have tried to line up in the past.

“At the moment I wouldn’t want to disclose because in this game today‚ because of technology‚ people get information within a few minutes‚” he said.

“I wouldn’t want to indicate otherwise I would be letting the cat out of the bag.”

Chiefs have given free entrance (two each‚ first come‚ first serve at Computicket) to commemorate their 50th birthday for their 7.30pm home game against Highlands Park at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.

Block Party held as community ushers into festive season

 After School is Lit teamed up with Bukamusa Netball Club in this year’s annual block party to bring school children together for entertainment on 30 November at Cosmo City’s Morocco Street in extension 2.

Young children and youth attended the event alongside community members. Local artists and netball tournament kept the audience celebrating and captivated.

“We are trying to unite the community and keep children occupied,” said Sfisokuhle Mkhwananzi popularly known as Scima, who organised the event.

It is always nice to get the young ones excited especially during the festive season, he said. “Such events vents are very significant in the community. We did something that the people of the community had never experienced and everyone now wants more of those kinds of events.”

He said he was happy that the event was a success even though there were challenges.

“I would like to thank everyone who gave us support especially my fans and family. I am happy that there were no injuries reported. We had street netball tournament in which 6 teams participated. We also had DJs and dancers to entertain the crowd. Our aim is to give back to the community. ”

A Star Studded Cosmo Team Reigning To Go

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Spanish Football Academy will make their first appearance at the annual Discorvery tournament set to take place at Nike Centre, Pimville, in Soweto on 1 December.

More than 50 teams from Under 11 to Under 21 are expected to battle it out in a knock out tournament, which will end on 31 December.

The Cosmo City based team under the tutorials of coach, Bongani Nyirenda, is ready to battle against the well-established football academies in the country.

 “We can pull a surprise and put in a good fight against the best in the country,” said the club captain Malven Makura in an interview with the Chronicle.

Makura said "Preparations are going well and the moral is high among the players.

“We are working very hard as a team,” he added. “There will be scouts at the tournament and I'll be more than happy to see one or two of my teammates getting a breakthrough to pursue their football careers. Even if it is not me but at least one must go to professional level. That is my main wish."

The team will be pitching for the first time at the tournament, but it is not the first for everyone as Makura has been there before.

Makura "I know the teams there are well run. They are very professional in how they go about their business. But I have told my teammates that we are also equally good and we can match them. Cosmo City is blessed with talented footballers. What we have to do is to focus on ourselves and take it one game at a time."

The coach is playing a father figure role to us and he is very understanding, Makura said.

Despite the captain praising his work rate, coach Nyirenda knows there is a huge task to accomplish with his team. "I think my boys are ready,” he said. “Everyone is showing courage and determination. They are pulling in the same direction. If we can go to the tournament with the same mentality that we have here at our training sessions not too many teams will give us problems.”

The tournament is composed of teams from Glad Africa Championship, Multi Choice Diski Challenge and some from the Premier Soccer League.

Nyirenda added that he chose Cosmo City because of the abundance of talent in the North of Johannesburg. "I chose Cosmo City because I figured out that there is plenty of talent in the community,” Nyirenda concluded.

Meet a local musician with a philosophical approach

Swizzy DaPhiloso is a philosophy-driven, upcoming hip-hop artist based in Cosmo City’s extension 6. 

His music is characterised by moral lyrics, which question the connection between human beings’ emotions and the universe.

Born Freddie Pilusa, DaPhiloso was raised by his mother and step father in Limpopo Ga-Sekgopo phukubjeng. The 23- year-old rapper, who is currently studying Law at University of South Africa (UNISA), said his background influenced him to be more inquisitive about the world.

“I grew up in a bad environment in the village,” he said. “In such an environment, people have their own perspectives about the universe and they rarely realise their dreams. I then took it as a mission to rise and use music to express what I think about the world. God gave us gifts and we should use our talents to improve every mankind.”

 DaPhiloso is also known for being the driving force of the Super Lunatic Macro Sycho (SLMS), an artists’ movement, which aims to bring peace in the community. “In the movement, we as upcoming artists go around the township encouraging children not to drop out of school because education is the major pillar of life,”

DaPhiloso recently released an album called DUKA DUKA with 18 tracks produced by VeeBeats Exclusives.

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