Motaung sees similarities with 1984


Speaking to the club's official website, the chairman highlights at least one common thread between the playing squad of today and the one that won the NPSL title, the Sales House Cup, the Mainstay Cup and the John Player Special Cup in 1984.

“Looking back, the start to this season reminds me of 1984, when Kaizer Chiefs also had a fantastic season, winning four titles, including the League," says Motuang.

“However, that was back in the days of the NPSL. In that season Joe Frickleton was our coach, a Scotsman. An interesting coincidence is that our present coach, Stuart Baxter, is also a Scotsman.”

Motaung also warned that it is too early to be thinking about a clean sweep this season just yet. “It’s still early days. A season is not a sprint, it’s a marathon,” he adds.

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In that 1984 season, Chiefs won the NPSL title on goal-difference after finishing level on 43 points with Moroka Swallows. Amakhosi's was plus 25 while the Dube Birds' was plus 19.

Interestingly, Orlando Pirates and Mamelodi Sundowns finished that 1984 season in 13th and 14th place respectively on the NPSL table.


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