Cape Town - Tributes have poured in on the birthday of
Kaizer Motaung as the Kaizer Chiefs boss celebrated his 75th birthday on
Fondly known as 'Chincha Guluva', Motaung is widely
respected for building the huge Amakhosi brand that is followed by millions throughout
the African continent.
Motaung was superb as a player for great rivals Orlando
Pirates, who recruited him as a 16-year-old, and also made a name overseas as
he went on to star for Atlanta Chiefs in the USA.
When Motaung and a number of former Pirates teammates
decided to form a club, he looked to his American club for the name and club
According to the Chiefs website, 'Bra K' was only 24 in 1969
when he started the mighty Amakhosi - originally as a touring side called
Kaizer XI - yet he showed vision beyond his years.
The innovative attitude of the man born in Soweto in 1944
has shaped Kaizer Chiefs through the years and they remain the most popular and
one of the most successful clubs in South Africa.
In a letter of tribute, Orlando Pirates chairman Dr Irvin
Khoza described Motaung as "self-made, pioneering leadership [who] created,
nurtured a business and brand that defines and differentiates South Africa
In the past decade, Motaung has taken a back seat in the
running of his own football club, with son Bobby and daughter Jessica taking a
more hands-on approach in the day to day to day running.
He still plays an important role in the South Africa
football landscape as he sits on the Premier Soccer League board and still
commands respect when he speaks or makes decisions.
Kaizer Chiefs wrote on their site on Wednesday: "Bra K
is celebrated by many all over the world and his contribution to football in
South Africa cannot be matched.
"As he celebrates 75 years on earth, we as the family
of Amakhosi wish our Chairman, Kaizer 'Boy-Boy' Motaung a blessed day.
"We thank him for all he has done and continues to do
for the club and football in South Africa, the continent and the world.
"Thank you for creating and building a legacy for many
generations to come. Your life continues to be exemplary.
"We love you and enjoy this special day, Ntate
- TeamTalk Media