- Kaizer Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung has explained the club’s unprecedented decision to cancel the annual player awards ceremony
- Motaung said the decision was based on the club failing to win any silverware for a third straight year
- He added that the entire club wanted to forget about the season and be ready to challenge for top honours next season
Kaizer Chiefs owner Kaizer Motaung has explained the club’s unprecedented decision to cancel the annual player awards ceremony. It will be the first time in the club’s long and illustrious history that the awards ceremony has been cancelled.
Motaung said the decision was tough but was also taken to show how grim the club’s management took the fact that the glamour side has now gone three seasons without winning any silverware.
Motaung said the awards usually served to thank and reward the players and technical staff who had distinguished themselves throughout a season.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Motaung said the just completed season had been marked by several unusual events, one of which was failing for the third year in a row to winning any major competition.
KickOff.co.za reported that Motaung said: “Our decision was influenced by our displeasure with the team’s performance and not being able to achieve the objectives we set for ourselves.”
He added that everyone at the club wanted to put the horrors of the season behind them and focus their attention on next season with the express aim of challenging and winning major titles next season.
“Despite the disappointment, I would still like to commend the players and coaching staff for their commitment and I urge everyone involved with the club to strive towards restoring the club to its rightful place at the pinnacle of football and giving our loyal fans something to cheer,” Motaung said.
One of the other unusual events Motaung was referring to was the ill-fated match in Durban last month against Free State Stars.
Once it became clear that Stars would beat Chiefs in that match, thereby sealing a third year without winning anything, angry fans invaded the pitch at Moses Mabhida Stadium. The riot led to coach Steve Komphela resigning from his position.
Motaung is believed to be courting overseas coaches to replace Komphela.
Fans have had their say on Twitter and by-en-large have agreed with the decision not to hold awards this year.
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