Kaizer Chiefs’ Amakhosi

Kaizer Chiefs Football Club was only founded in 1970 but has grown to easily become the best-supported team in the country.  Stuart Baxter will take charge of Amakhosi for his third season at Naturena and will be aiming to silverware after winning the double in his first season before a barren campaign last year.  Chiefs were founded shortly after the return of Kaizer “Chincha Guluva” Motaung from the United States Of America where he played as a striker for the Atlanta Chiefs in the North American Soccer League.

The team nickname Amakhosi means “Lords” or “Chiefs” in isiZulu and the “Phefeni Glamour Boys” currently play the majority of their home games at FNB Stadium in Nasrec near Soweto.  The club has bolstered its ranks by signing Siphelele Mthembu and Ovidy Karuru for the new season.  Amakhosi’s trophy cabinet is well decorated with every trophy available to a South African football team several times over.  However it is continental glory that has eluded Chiefs.

While they did win the old African Cup Winners’ Cup in 2001 it is the CAF Champions League that has been out of their reach and this is a sore point particularly as bitter Soweto rivals Orlando Pirates have a star above their badge, while Chiefs do not.  Baxter and his charges kick off their season with a MTN8 clash at home against Mpumalanga Black Aces before opening their Absa Premiership campaign at Free State Stars on National Women’s Day.