Motaung: My son is out of line

2011-10-27 20:32

Johannesburg - Kaizer Chiefs' executive chairperson Kaizer Motaung snr apologised on Thursday for his son Bobby Motaung's boastful utterances, as internal turmoil deepened within the club.

Motaung jnr, the club's football manager, told reporters on Wednesday he did not have to submit a CV as he was "born and not elected" to be at Chiefs. He added he would be a part of the club "for as long as it exists".

Motaung snr reportedly asked for an emergency meeting on Thursday morning, where Motaung jnr and coach Vladimir Vermezovic were present.

"I would like to convey, with great humility, my heartfelt regret and unreserved apologies at the offence these comments have caused to many of our supporters - people who are at the heart of Kaizer Chiefs," Motaung snr wrote in his column on the club's website.

"When the team's captaincy issue was addressed... the football manager made certain unfortunate comments," he said, referring to Wednesday's press briefing.

"I would like to assure our supporters that we will never take their support for granted. We sincerely appreciate that Kaizer Chiefs' success has been due to their unflinching support, whether we have won or lost."

The press conference on Wednesday, at the club's headquarters in Naturena, was meant to "clear the air" on recent internal trouble that saw Jimmy Tau sacked as captain.

Vermezovic publicly questioned Tau's leadership qualities. The senior player would however still be an integral part of the squad for this season.

Journalists were told that star player and Bafana vice-captain Siphiwe Tshabalala was not considered for the captaincy because he was not totally committed to the club, and still eyed an overseas move.

Some quarters within the team have questioned the Serb's man-management skills and abrasive attitude.

"Like most teams we too have our challenges and because of our profile some of these challenges have to be addressed under the glare of the public eye," continued Motaung snr in his letter.

"The emotive nature of the game of soccer means that, at times, comments are made in the heat of the moment and should be considered in that light."

With Chiefs eliminated in the first round of the Telkom Knockout by Platinum Stars last weekend, a competition they won last season, they are preparing to face the same Stars in the league this Saturday in Polokwane.

Chiefs' fortunes have been better in the Premiership. They are second on the league with 16 points after eight rounds of matches.

New captain and Bafana Bafana number one goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune will resume his leadership duties later next month as he recovers from pneumonia.


  • Paulistos - 2011-10-28 08:42

    F%^&en cheese boy, daddy comes to the rescue...Family business is going down m telling you. M a chiefs fan, bt this is a sign of cracks.... Kaizer cnr, catch a wake up Baba and sell the team. The team has grown to be bigger than your family...

  • Arthur - 2011-10-28 09:20

    Why after they had a meeting didn’t he BOBY apologies himself. Is it because he still believes that we Chiefs fans are ungrateful and that we are oblige to spend our hard earned money at chiefs. Self entitlement is a dangerous beast Mr. CHAIR. Until BOBY apologies himself Mr Chair I will not spend any of my hard earned money at chiefs.

  • mrmogoswane - 2011-10-28 09:22

    It's a shame and it shows huge humility and humbleness when a father has to protect their ignorant and stupid kids who see no mistake in what they say....

  • Mzi - 2011-10-28 14:48

    Bob Steak, No fans no popularity, no popularity no spnsors, no sponsors no money no money finish that one at home. Stop flushing you father's dream down the drain boy!

  • krapau - 2011-10-29 14:55

    I just want to say to Bobby: Kaizer Chiefs team is not your team as you say, That is our team and we won't allow it going down like that. You are a team manager not the supporters manager. If you are not good enough to run the team, you will be out at any time. you need to be very careful when putting your comments on the table. Thanks to Kaizer snr for realising that, and adressed this snappy, keep it up. Don't let the team supporters spirit go down like that.

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