Kaizer: We share Amakhosi's pain
Posted: 20 April 2018 Time: 14:23
Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has reiterated the need for patience and good behaviour from the club’s supporters in Durban this weekend.
The Glamour Boys are set to face off with Free State Stars in an all-important Nedbank Cup semi-final clash at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Saturday evening (20h15).
The pleas for “patience, calm and good behaviour” from the club last week have since been echoed by the ‘big boss’ himself, as he assures they have heeded the supporters’ calls for changes in the technical team.
“We are aware that there is a sense of unhappiness due to a lack of positive results and the drought of trophies in recent seasons,” Motaung told his club’s website.
“The management and technical team are working hard to improve our play and change our fortunes. We therefore appeal for patience until the end of the season.
“It is important for our supporters to note that as management, we are listening to their concerns and share the pain.
“We met two weeks ago, as management and technical team, and one of the notable decisions from the meeting is that decisive changes will have to be implemented at the end of the season to remedy the situation.
“At this stage, circumstances do not permit for us to make immediate changes. However, we are looking to have a complete overhaul of the team before the commencement of the new season.”
Motaung further highlighted Chiefs’ stance on the violence that took place at the FNB Stadium a fortnight ago, for which the club has since been sanctioned by the PSL Disciplinary Committee.
“Regardless of how dire the situation is, we sincerely appeal for calm, patience and good behaviour from all supporters. We have to avoid endangering other supporters’ lives and the team,” he asserted.
“We are aware of the disappointing results, but violence is never acceptable in our football. We know that it’s only a small percentage of our supporters who are involved in this violence and we have to fight it.
“We don’t want supporters to get arrested and get into trouble with law enforcement. Violence is not in line with our spirit of ‘Love and Peace’.”
Meanwhile, success is something the Amakhosi hierarchy are adamant on attaining prior to the end of the current season, as ‘Chincha Guluva’ hopes for cup glory and CAF qualification.
“We appeal to our beloved supporters for calm and patience ahead of Saturday’s Nedbank Cup semi-final. It’s our intention to win and go to the final,” added Motaung.
“We still have a lot to play for, not only in the Nedbank Cup, but also for the league, as we can qualify for one of the continental competitions.
“We really need your undivided support and assure you that decisive changes will happen before the new season to remedy the situation.”