Cape Town - Kazier Chiefs football manager Bobby Motaung has hailed the Amakhosi supporters for the remarkable turnaround in the club's fortunes.
The Glamour Boys entered the new season, having finished outside of the top eight for the first time in over a decade, and having lost to NFD outfit TS Galaxy in the Nedbank Cup final.
But the Soweto giants are an altogether different beast this season as they lead the Absa Premiership standings by a margin of seven points after obtaining 11 wins from their opening 14 league fixtures.
And Motaung has credited the Chiefs' supporters for standing by the side through thick and thin.
“The supporters responded in a big way. They really came on board for the team. And for their role all‚ applause must go to them‚” Motaung told KickOff.
“The supporters are key stakeholders and their vote of confidence counts in sports. This year has been a big vote of confidence from them.”
Motaung then hailed the manner in which Amakhosi got over the disappointment of that Nedbank Cup final to bounce back in the best possible fashion.
“It was unfortunate to lose that match but we’re focusing on the future now.
“We didn’t get discouraged. We’ve been in this game for a while and have the full understanding of its ups and downs.
“This season we embarked on a journey of change. We started off with a team camp of a different kind [in Hammanskraal]‚ [which] emphasised on developing teamwork and camaraderie among the team.
“We have started well. We are happy with the progress so far but we are experienced enough to know the journey is still on.
“ … All this hopefully was a good 75th birthday gift to the chairman [Kaizer Motaung] and 50th anniversary gift to the Club. All this powered by the supporters and the energy they bring to the stadium.”