Kaizer chuffed with youth returns

June 16 marks a special day on the South African calendar as we commemorate the youth who so fought for change in our country through the Soweto Uprising back in 1976.

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Motaung, who founded Amakhosi in 1970, has since paid tribute to those who stood up for the rights of youth and has also shared a message to the current generation.

“Young people are the future, they need support and encouragement to play a meaningful role in society,” Motaung told his club's website.

"We should never forget the part that the youth played and continues to play in the struggle to improve the lives of all.

"That [16 June 1976] is a crucial moment in time and it should therefore never be forgotten. I urge youngsters to learn more about this historic day, so they will understand what happened and why.

“It is upon the new generation to emulate the youth of 1976 to strive for excellence.”

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With Chiefs' reserve team having churned out the likes of Wiseman Meyiwa, Siyabonga Ngezana, Bruce Bvuma, Siphosakhe Ntiya-Ntiya and Emmanuel Letlotlo, as well as having lifted the MultiChoice Diski Shield in recent times, Motaung is delighted with the state of their youth structures at present.

“At Chiefs, youth are our focal point. For example, the journey to develop our youth academy is ongoing," he added.

"We have already seen the fruits with players coming through and gaining promotion to the first team.

"Also, we have started recording milestones with our youth teams, like the reserve team winning the inaugural MultiChoice Diski Shield.”

The prominent football administrator also pointed to the likes of Itumeleng Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala in reference to the club's investment in talented youngsters and turning them into "superstars".

“We bring most of the players at a young age and develop into superstars. Most recently, Itumeleng Khune and Siphiwe Tshabalala are illustrious examples of excellence," he further noted.

"However, we have come a long way and we will continue in this journey of creating and enabling an environment for talent to mushroom at [the] Chiefs Village.”