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.

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.

See your Springbok heroes on the Champions Tour

Wednesday, November 6, 2019      

The 2019 Rugby World Cup champions, the Springboks, will be hitting the streets of Pretoria on Thursday to meet their supporters and show off the Webb Ellis Cup.

Government has urged South Africans to come out in their numbers – wearing green and gold – and line the streets on the Springboks’ bus tour route.

The Champions Tourwill begin in the Gauteng province, with stops in Pretoria, Johannesburg and Soweto. Thereafter, the tour will visit Durban, East London, Port Elizabeth and conclude in Cape Town on Monday.

The bus routes are as follows:

In Pretoria, from 10am to 11am:

• Enter Tshwane via N4 (Witbank Freeway)

• Turn left in Gordon/Jan Shoba

• Right into Burnett Street

• Left into Park Street

• Left into Kirkness Street, past Loftus Versfeld

• Right into Lynnwood via Areyengroute through Sunnyside

• Right into Paul Kruger Street, around Church Square

• Right into Madiba Street

• Stop at Tshwane House to meet the Mayor

• 14th Ave via Sisulu Street

In Johannesburg, from 1:30pm to 2:15pm:

• N1 Western Bypass. Take M1 to Smit Street

• Take exit 12 from De Villiers Graaff Motorway/M1

• Continue on Smit Street to Simmonds Street

• Team stops at FNB Offices

• Right into Anderson Street

• Left to Soweto Hwy/M70

In Soweto, from 3pm to 4pm:

• Bara to Maponya Mall

• Straight along Chris Hani to Koma Road and Jabulani Mall

• Bolani Road to Hector Peterson Memorial

• Drive down and join Klipspruit Valley Road

• Drive behind Orlando Stadium

• At the traffic light turn right

The national heroes, who thumped fellow finalists England 32-12 to grab the coveted title of Rugby World Cup winners on Saturday, touched down at OR Tambo International Airport on Tuesday evening, where throngs of South Africans dressed in green and gold, carrying the National Flag and singing and blowing vuvuzelas had gathered to welcome them home.

Addressing the media, team Captain Siya Kolisi said they had fought hard to win because they knew what it would mean for the country.

Kolisi encouraged young children in rural areas to work hard towards achieving their dreams and not allow people to tell them that their dreams are impossible.

“Anything can be overcome with opportunity and hard work. When I was younger I trained every single day. I was preparing myself for the opportunity just in case it came and when it came I was ready,” he said. - SAnews.gov.za

RULLDTA donates to a Zandspruit soccer team

Randburg United Local and Long Distance Transport Association (RULLDTA) visited Emthonjeni Community Centre in Zandspruit and donated much needed soccer uniforms to Reajah FC on 16 October.

RULLDTA is currently working on various projects to give back to the communities in which they operate, according to the organisation’s deputy secretary Mary Ramaboea.

“As a transport association, we want to give back to the community,” she said. “We have identified Zandspruit community as one of our project beneficiaries. It is an informal settlement with a lot of talented children. This time around, our aim is to empower children through sports. Hence, we have managed to donate two soccer kits to one local team.

Serving people in informal settlements motivates us as an association, she said. “It is all about developing black communities. Sport is very important in our communities because it takes children out of the streets. Through sports, the safety of children is addressed.”

RULLDTA offers various community development projects in informal settlements. They sponsor pensioners in Diepsloot to grow vegetables, said Ramaboea.

“We have also identified some orphans, a choir and a radio station that we need to support in Diepsloot. We are also going to support some grannies in Cosmo City. We are still going to identify more projects in order to develop our communities.”

Zandspruit resident and Reajah FC co-founder Everest Mpasi said he was very happy to be considered for the donation.

“We have been knocking on doors in the corporate community,” he said, “and we are finally answered by RULLDTA. We really appreciate their effort. We have an organisation called My Life My Africa where we aim to use sports to empower children. Soccer and netball are two activities that are enjoyed by Zandspruit children, and we are happy to see people giving support.”

As we approach the festive season, RULLDTA is encouraging drivers to exercise extreme caution on the road.

“We always have a training department, which encourages drivers to be careful on the road,”said RULLDTA treasure Freddy Tshigabe, “and to observe speed limits especially in the townships where children usually play in the streets."

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