Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs have reflected on decades of success in the game as the Soweto giants celebrated their 48-year anniversary on January 7.
Since being formed by Kaizer Motaung in 1970 alongside legendary goalkeeper Joseph 'Banks' Sethlodi and defender Jackie Masike, Chiefs have gone on to lift over 68 major trophies and become one of the most successful clubs on the continent.
"We celebrate our 48th anniversary today. It is a moment we cherish and it reminds us of where we come from," Motaung said on the club's official website.
Sethlodi added: "Kaizer had a dream. Every human being has a dream. But the question is whether you are strong enough to follow your dream, as the road forward will be layered with numerous obstacles.
"Fortunately, Kaizer had a dream to start this club called Kaizer Chiefs and he pursued his dreams with passion."
Motaung concedes the journey hasn't been straightforward but the current state-of-the-art facilities and the home base of Naturena is a testament to the dynasty that has been created and that will continue to grow within South African football history.
"We had to take some tough decisions over the years," Motaung reflected. "Crucial during those testing times was that we could always rely on our supporters to be with us, also when some of the founding fathers left.
"The journey continued and the baton was passed over to those who took over the journey, which helped us to move forward.
"I would like to express my sincere gratitude to those who have been part of this journey and for their contribution past and present. We look forward to the challenges facing us.
"We now need to reinforce the pillars that have been established and commit to the continued evolution of the club. Thank God, we are blessed to be part of this incredible journey of Kaizer Chiefs."