Chiefs plead poverty

2011-05-05 13:29

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs supremo Kaizer Motaung has shot down suggestions that he does not like spending money to bring top players to Naturena, report the Sowetan.

Motaung, making a rare appearance at the club's open media day at their base in Naturena on Wednesday, said it was difficult to sign the players they wanted at the club.

He said most people have the wrong idea about the club's policy when it comes to buying players.

"Most clubs such as (Mamelodi) Sundowns, SuperSport (United) and even Wits have better financial resources than us and they can hold on to their best players," Motaung said.

Motaung and his son and team manager Bobby Motaung were seated on either side of coach Vladimir Vermezovic, who is preparing for their league match against Ajax Cape Town at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Saturday afternoon.

"We were criticised for bringing players from Zimbabwe for cheap.

"People were saying we bought them on a 'buy one, get two free' (basis), not realising that we bought them for the same amount that we buy players here at home," he said.

Chiefs managed to sign talented Zimbabwean striker Knowledge Musona whose future at the club is bright.

Commenting on his team's season, the man who was better known as "Chincha Guluva" during his heyday as a player, said they could have won the league earlier on.

"Those five consecutive draws affected us. I think if we had won even three of those matches, we'd have won the league," he said.

Motaung also put to bed doubts about Vermezovic's future, insisting the Serb mentor was staying put.

Speculation surrounding the coach began to mount after Chiefs lost to amateur side Baroka FC in the Nedbank Cup and with the league seemingly also slipping away.

"We are very happy with the coach's performances. We always want to win the league but other teams are also doing well. It's not like in Spain where only two teams dominate. Here, most teams can win the league," Motaung said.

Bobby said when they hired Vermezovic, they did so with a vision to have him for a long time.


  • vambozha mutemi - 2011-05-05 14:01

    "...Musona whose future at the club is very bright" I hope when the doors open in Europe u let the boy go.

  • Mamaile - 2011-05-05 14:08

    the coach deserve to go and pls mark my words, he is gonna go,''the 5 draws consecutively costed us the league'' no smoke without fire, Mr. Motaung....

  • 1stcase - 2011-05-05 14:15

    Whooooooow what does Kaizer take us for ,Wits and Supersport have more money then Chiefs. What happens to the money because we pay more to watch chiefs games, They sell more merchandise then any club.They have more sponsors then any club.This is new since the usual story was that teams overcharged Chiefs.Does Pirates also have more money then chiefs.

  • IandI - 2011-05-05 14:27

    Chiefs..poor? My... how the mighty have fallen! How about getting a millionaire to buy some shares in Chiefs? Try the sushi king, Bra K. In no time Amakhosi players will be driving Lambo's and half-naked babes will be filing the stadium at all Chiefs games:-).

  • Mchana - 2011-05-05 14:35

    Kaizer, we've been loosing for long now, please bring some milk on the table, corn flakes are getting dry, please mann.

  • jeremy - 2011-05-05 15:10

    If Chiefs are as poor as Kaiser says they are, then there's something wrong with the club;s management - ie him! If he, with the power of Chiefs brand, can't attract money to the club, then he must go. Unless of course there IS plenty of money - but it's all gone into his back pocket!

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-05-05 15:22

    I disagree,I don't know about Kaizer Motaung,However Bobby as Team Manager was and is supposed to be aggressive in the transfer market or else resign and leave it to the pros. It's simple,if they believe Clubs are over pricing their player when it comes to Chiefs,then they should reduce their squad to at least 2 quality players per position and groom the third from their development team.The issue here is having a number of not Chiefs worthy player at Naturena when they can easily loan them or sell them and focus on making sure that only quality hits the training fields of Chiefs's first team @ Naturena.Judging by the cars the current crop are driving,believe u me they are not earning peanuts,so why pay more for less(quality). You Guys must pull up your socks,you can't fool us with your excuses. With all the sponsors,healthy revenues,superior gate takings, you should be doing better,we are not saying u must buy expensive players,just quality,look @ what Man United are doing(do you think the bunch of those players were expensive...Nooooooo)

  • Sibusiso - 2011-05-05 22:12

    All the money went into buying back shares from Prime Media Ok then whats the point of bieng a majority shareholder wit no funds to run the club watch the space by the time my kids are born CHIEFS and its glory is gonna be nothing but a memory just like SWALLOWS

      Mxhuma - 2011-05-05 23:39

      Kaizer Motaung for president of SA.

  • Tumi Bopape - 2011-05-06 11:20

    Bobby Motaung take note, I can see u need guidance in the right direction. Players to consider: GK; Daren Keet, Defenders; Morgan Gould,Sangweni,Clayton Daniels,Onisimor Bhasera,Mzuvukile Tom,Bryce Moon; Midfielders;Anthony Laffor,Philani Khwela,Sfiso Myeni,Khuboni,Wana,Isaacs; Strikers; Bernard Parker,George Maluleka,Majoro,Kermit Erasmus,Davide Somma. Just to mention a few. take heed Bobby.

  • TUMELO RICHARD THEKA - 2011-05-06 12:08

    Chiefs is a big team so quality players are needed, the success of the likes of Man United,Chelsea,Barcelona,and etc is because of the quality players not just an average player, if you want Chiefs to sink down you must continue doing that....

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