Motaung sends message to Mashiane

CAF Champions League

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has issued unwavering support to Happy Mashiane after their CAF Champions League final defeat to Al Ahly this weekend.

The Chiefs academy graduate received a straight red on the brink of half-time for dangerous foul play after a lunge on Akram Tawfik when the game was still goalless.

And in the second half, his side succumbed to the pressure of the Egyptian giants who eased to their record-extending tenth Champions League title with goals from Mohamed Sherif, Magdy Afsha and Amr El Solia.

But Motaung says it's a learning curve for Mashiane whom he believes has a huge role to play at Amakhosi moving forward.

"I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the team for the magnificent effort in the attempt to win the Champions League, even if we did not win the trophy, to reach this final is historical for the Club," he told the club's website.

"It is unfortunate that the red card defined the outcome of the match. These kinds of defining moments happen in games of this magnitude. I would like to thank the players and the Technical Team, not forgetting the entire support and entourage that participated in the journey to the final."

He added: "I want to take this special moment to encourage Happy Mashiane. Happy must take this as a lesson and an experience that will come in handy in his career.

"This is not his fault and this must serve as a lesson to everyone in the team. We must realise that these things happen in football and life in general.

"Happy is still young and has a great future ahead of him. He is not alone, we are in this together."

Mashiane amassed 32 appearances for Chiefs during the 2020/21 season with four goals and two assists to his name across all competitions.

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