- Kaizer Chiefs issued a statement to South Africans encouraging them to love, spread peace and say no to xenophobia
- The club touched on its history of diversity and embracing players of different nationalities
- This comes in the wake of the Zambian and Madagascan football teams cancelling fixtures against Bafana Bafana amidst security concerns
Kaizer Chiefs issued a strong statement to South Africans in the wake of the xenophobic-related incidents that have plagued Gauteng.
Briefly.co.za first reported on the match between Zambia and Bafana Bafana that was cancelled due to security concerns.
SAFA hastily arranged a replacement fixture and the Madagascans were lined up, but they cancelled the match as well.
South Africans have had to endure a challenging week as a result of the unrest around the country, but the issues have now spilled over into the sporting world as well.
In response, Kaizer Chiefs shared a tweet and issued a statement via their website, calling for South Africans to spread love, peace and to say no to xenophobia.
The club cited its rich history of embracing diversity through celebrating players of different nationalities.
Briefly.co.za has shared snippets of the statement here.
"The club and its fans have always been a welcome home for players from all walks of life where meritorious sporting achievement by the players has always been trumped by whatever their racial groupings may be, the all accepting nature has been a hall mark of Amakhosi fans who have over 49 years been welcoming of all Chiefs players, as well as coaching staff.
"While Chiefs did always have players from COSAFA members countries in their team in the late 1990’s, the team cast their net further afield roping in players from new markets in Africa such as Nigeria and Cameroon. While heading into the 21st Century the club had gone onto be represented by players from Cote D’Ivoire, DR Congo and Ghana, In the last few seasons, new ground has been broken with Chiefs being represented by a Venezuelan, Colombian and a Madagascan and in the current season Samir Nurkovic became the first Serbian player to represent the club.
"The Amakhosi were champions of multiracial sport in the dark days of apartheid and the path set by Chiefs Executive Chairman Kaizer Motaung in forging national unity through sport did not go unnoticed. Chiefs won their most famous fan in the form of the late former South African struggle hero and anti- apartheid activist Nelson Mandela who admired what Chiefs had come to represent through its love and peace motto.”
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