Johannesburg - Kaizer Motaung Jnr announced his
retirement from professional soccer with immediate effect on Monday.
The son of current Amakhosi chairperson, Kaizer Motaung, the 32-year-old
became the second Kaizer Chiefs player to hang up his boots in the space of six
months, following Jimmy Tau's retirement before the start of the season.
"My 90 minutes on the pitch has come to end," Motaung told a media
conference at the team's training base in Soweto.
"It was an honour and a blessing to don the gold and black jersey. I
want to thank ... former coaches and technical teams."
Motaung, who won three Premiership titles in his time at Chiefs, said he
would be focusing on completing his tertiary education, with a view to becoming
actively involved behind the scenes at Chiefs.
"It's a profession I have respected, honoured and loved with a passion
that words cannot describe," Motaung said.
"Football has always been a part of who I am, and it is a part of who I
always will be.
"My kick-off into life after football has already been signalled. I
have decided to focus my energy into furthering my education by completing my
degree, which I have been doing on a part-time basis while being a Kaizer
Motaung also spent time in Germany with 1860 Munich II between 2001 and 2003
as well as with TSV Munich 1860 between 2007 and 2008, but never went on to
represent South Africa at senior international level.
Asked about the challenges he faced throughout his career, Motaung revealed
he was forced to work harder than the rest of team-mates in order to make the
team, because of his name and the legacy left by his father, the founder of the
"It was something I chose, knowing the challenges ahead and it was
something which gave me the character I have today," he said.
"To be the son of a legend, to be the son of a visionary... it comes
with a lot of pressure.
"I always had to work twice as hard to get half a chance. Whether it
was with my coach, with my fellow team-mates... I had to prove before anything
else, what I was able to do."