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Kaizer Chiefs chairman Motaung pays tribute to Mandela

Posted: 6 December 2013 Time: 09:32

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has expressed his sadness at the passing of former state President Nelson Mandela.

The global icon, South Africa's first democratically elected head of state and a Nobel Peace Prize winner, succumbed yesterday, aged 95.

"I wish to express our deepest and heartfelt condolences to the Mandela family, relatives, friends, South Africans and the World at large," Motaung said in a statement on Chiefs' official website.

"Madiba was an icon and revered for his contribution to the anti-apartheid struggle which saw South Africa attaining freedom and the first democratic election in 1994. 

"We thank the Almighty for having afforded us and the entire world an opportunity to live in his times. In this time of God, our thoughts goes to his family. We would like to thank the family, his wife Mrs Graca Machel and his former wife Ms Winnie Mandela. 

"The Mandela family has sacrificed and endured suffering for the freedom of the people. May the family find solace in God, for He is the beginning and the end.

"There are many memories to share and no single event can describe Madiba. Madiba has earned himself among many accolades a Noble Peace Prize in 1993.

"As for Kaizer Chiefs, 05 April 2002 will forever be engraved in the minds of many of the staffers at Naturena as the date when Madiba officially opened the Kaizer Chiefs Village.

"On that day, Madiba who had already stepped down as the President of the Republic took time to spend an afternoon at Chiefs Village meeting the staff and the entire team.

"The sporting world will never forget his inspiration that saw South Africa triumph in both Afcon and Rugby World Cup. Wearing a replica of Springbok captain Francois Pienaar's No 6 jersey, Madiba encouraged the Springboks ahead of their do or die June 24, 1995, game against the All Blacks. 

"After the final whistle, Mandela shook Pienaar's hand and presented him with the William Webb Ellis trophy, punching the air as Pienaar held it aloft. He celebrated the win alongside the team.

"Less than a year later, on February 3, 1996, Mandela appeared in a replica of Bafana Bafana captain Neil Tovey's No 9 jersey at FNB Stadium. Inspired, the national soccer team went on to beat Tunisia 2-0 and claim the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations title."

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Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-12-06 07:38:07

Sport has the power to change the world…it has the power to inspire. It has the power to unite people in a way that little else does. It speaks to youth in a language they understand. Sport can create hope where once there was only despair. It is more powerful than government in breaking down racial barriers.” - Nelson Mandela

PatrickMakhubu
posted: 2013-12-06 07:44:09

Well said Chincha  

Sjavo
posted: 2013-12-06 07:51:36

We will miss  you Tata RIP.

Sizo
posted: 2013-12-06 08:09:13

RIP .TATA.....

Africa 85
posted: 2013-12-06 08:13:04

R.I.P Tata.. we would forever remember u at Naturena, well said Chincha Guluva for words of condolences....   our noisy neighbours' Mr. toothless Island Juice we replicate your statements hence theres no creative minds on that side 

Magaya
posted: 2013-12-06 08:19:04

I know Chincha you are modest by birth; you should have mentioned that "KC became the only South African Team to win the Mandela Cup with no monetory value attached, but the pride of the icon". We snubbed other cups that were more lucrative, but because of our commitment to certain ideals the Old Man lived for, we looked beyond material rewards and won the Cup in honor of this jaggernaut, something that will never be obliterated by history or re-written in any other form. As he departs, we know we (KC) had honored him the best way we could...winning the Cup. I know some would want to rename their cups after him too.

Gold.Bold.Glamour.

Velibanti (Gone but not Forgotten)
posted: 2013-12-06 08:24:24

Magayababa wami...need i say more?

Magaya
posted: 2013-12-06 08:27:04

Velibanti Magaya Dankie ndoda; it's just facts, no sugar-coating. Our founding principles of love and peace resonate with what this Giant lived for, "PEACE", and We Are (for) Love And Peace.

Gold.Bold.Glamour.

KOIYOKO
posted: 2013-12-06 08:33:50

Magaya Wow, you have put it so succinctly my brother. Pity some people will  NEVER know the value this Mandela Cup trophy means and they never will. 

Magaya
posted: 2013-12-06 08:38:29

KOIYOKO Magaya True Ndoda; not every value can be measured in rands and cents and this is/was one of them and shall be inscribed in the vaults and chronicles of Naturena for generations to come. We chalked up expenditure with virtually no subsidies from the association and kept our eyes on the BIG Prize which is yet to be won by any team in Sothern Africa.

Gold.Bold.Glamour.

mmcyaah
posted: 2013-12-06 09:47:18

His name will live forever #Legend

leon227
posted: 2013-12-06 10:48:29

I grew up chanting songs about the release of Nelson Mandela - at a time when a posession of his picture was a serious criminal offense - in those days (in the 80's) there were no black leaders to look upto, for many of them were either in prison or exiled. This was merely a decade since the demise of the greats like Steve Biko and Robert Sobukhwe... Black dreams were constrained to being a teacher and a nurse... For me, personally, it was Kaizer Motaung's achivements with Kaizer Chiefs that broadened my horizons and stretched my imagination beyond the limitations of the mental chains of apartheid... Motaung's life and works licenced me to dream against the objective reality of the day... It is tear jerking, blood cuddling, heart warming and spiritually stirring up - to hear my personal hero - paying respect to this noble son of soil - Madiba, Dalibhunga, Yem-yem, Velabambhenstele, Ngqolomsila, Hlalabemzonda, Rholihlahla, Dlomo... Go tell Sobukhwe, Biko, Hani, Thambo, Malcolm X, Dr Martin Luther King Jr, W E Du Boise, Nkwame Nkruma, Marcus Garvey, Gorvan Mbeki, Amilcar Cabral, Franz Fanon that you have delivered democracy... ask them to come back and dwell with us, so that we can accomplish the mission - MAYIBUYE i AFRIKA..

MminaKwena
posted: 2013-12-06 11:22:15

Rest In Peace Tata. You fought a good fight, the world need good leaders like you who walked the talk, practiced what you preached.

Impofana
posted: 2013-12-06 18:20:08

leon227 Good one baba....the ICON has fallen but is not alone as you've mentioned the great names...I must add...LUMUMBA and THOMAS SANKARA.......Motoung, you'll always be my hero and a legend no matter what

Impofana
posted: 2013-12-06 18:26:17

Magaya Velibanti Batshele Magaya.....Chiefs honoured Madiba in the best possible way by conquering Africa in winning the MANDELA CUP and also being named AFRICAN TEAM OF THE YEAR....no other team will take that away from us...it 's invaluable.....mind you we didn't care about any STAR

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