Cape Town - Kaizer Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung is optimistic that 2018 will bring more cheer for the Amakhosi faithful.
Addressing the club's supporters via a statement on the club's official website, Motaung admitted that the failure to win a trophy last year made 2017 a 'difficult journey'.
However, he is still hopeful that the Glamour Boys can challenge for silverware in the second half of the 2017/18 campaign.
"There are no shortcuts and the margins between the different teams are small, but there is still a lot to play for - the Absa Premiership and the Nedbank Cup," he said.
"I do believe, however, that we can look forward to a better future and I am confident that we are on the right track.
"This optimism also has to do with the changes we want to implement in the New Year."
The Amakhosi supremo believes that the key to future success lies in the youth and is excited about the players which have come through the club's academy, as well as some of the signings that have been made in recent times.
"It was great to see that a few youngsters have come through from our development structures, including Siyabonga Ngezana, Wiseman Meyiwa, Khotso Malope, Bruce Bvuma and Nkosingiphile Ngcobo.
"It means that our vision for the youth development structures is right on track. We plan to further enhance our youth academy, which is a good investment for the future.
"We also acquired some young players like Dumsani Zuma and Teenage Hadebe. It all bodes well for the future."
Motaung is also hopeful that the signing of Leonardo Castro just before Christmas will prove a significant one.
"He's a good acquisition and the striker will make a significant impact on our attacking department, where we haven't done so well. Scoring goals, however, is not only preserved for strikers in modern football."
He went on to acknowledge the important role the Chiefs supporters play.
"I also want to mention in particularly our supporters, who have been good to us, especially when we played our home games in KwaZulu-Natal. They deserve more from us. Thank you for always being there to uplift our team.
"The strength of Kaizer Chiefs is our supporters and we owe all the success we achieve to them. We not only had a difficult journey as a club in 2017, but South Africa went through tough times as well," he continued.
"I therefore hope that 2018 will bring a ray of hope for a much-improved year for both Kaizer Chiefs and the country. We would like to wish our supporters and their families all the best for the New Year and that they may come home safe from their various destinations. Let's move forward with renewed vigor on this continuing journey in 2018."
The Chiefs boss also paid tribute to a much-loved technical team member who passed away last year.
"On a sad note, we lost this year our beloved goalkeeper coach Alexandre 'Alex' Revoredo after a short illness. Alex was loved by everyone who, came into contact with him, from players to colleagues and from management to supporters. We still miss his humour, his hugs and his positive attitude."