- Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe has called Kaizer Chiefs founder and owner Kaizer Motaung the father of our football
- Motaung received an award from Motsepe during the half-time break of the Barcelona vs Mamelodi Sundowns match
- Motaung has been involved in football for more than 50-years, first as a player and later as an architect of the modern PSL and eventually club owner
Mamelodi Sundowns owner Patrice Motsepe has honoured Kaizer Chiefs founder and owner Kaizer Motaung and described him as ‘our father of football’. Motsepe received an award from Motsepe for his service to the game.
The award was handed to Motaung during the half-time break of the Mandela Centenary Cup match between Mamelodi Sundown and Barcelona FC at FNB Stadium on Wednesday night.
Motaung has been involved in football for more than 50 years. He was a legendary player and forged a legacy around which he would eventually establish Kaizer Chiefs.
Briefly.co.za gathered that Motaung was instrumental in the rise of the NPSL as a player and later helped the organisation become the NSL. He is also widely credited as one of the key architects of transforming the NSL into the modern day PSL.
The award handed over to Motaung was fashioned after the lion, which is closely associated with the Bataung clan.
“We would like to honour Mr Motaung for his sacrifices and all he has done for football in the country,” Motsepe said.
He added: “We refer to Ntate Motaung as ‘our father of football’ because he has done so much for the game here at home and globally.”
Upon receiving the award Motaung said he was humbled by Motsepe’s gesture on the great occasion of celebrating the year in which Nelson Mandela would have been 100-years-old.
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