Amakhosi can go all the way – Motaung
Kaizer Chiefs chairperson Kaizer Motaung is confident his team will be able to carry their early form into the rest of the 2012/13 season as the Absa Premiership takes a break ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations next month.
Motaung believes Amakhosi can go all the way in capturing a number of trophies, including the Premiership title, which Chiefs last won in 2005.
“The fans should expect an exciting end of the league,” he said.
“It is still very early days, but I think the chances of us finishing strong are possible.”
With the club’s stature in local football called into question, Motaung said he and the rest of the club’s representatives were eager to get back to winning ways this season.
“We had to take stock of some of the challenges that lay ahead,” he said. “It was a year for change, so we changed the technical team in preparation for the new season.
“We want to reclaim the glory and we want to do what we used to do in the past. The club has a strong culture of winning and the theme is in line with reclaiming our rightful place in football.”
Earlier in the year, at the back of the 2011/12 season, Orlando Pirates were crowned Premiership champions for the second successive year when the Soweto side beat Golden Arrows 4-2 in their last match to hold off fellow title chasers Moroka Swallows.
The Buccaneers completed another treble-winning season, having already bagged the MTN8 and Telkom Knockout trophies last season.
Pirates finished two points clear of Swallows and a further four points ahead of SuperSport United.
A week after the conclusion of the league season, United won the Nedbank Cup title, beating 10-man Mamelodi Sundowns 2-0 in the final.
The new Premiership season kicked off on August 10 when Chiefs thrashed lowly AmaZulu 6-0 in Durban, with striker Bernard Parker scoring a double brace.
Amakhosi have led the league standings since the opening round of fixtures, ending the year with a 2-0 victory over AmaZulu in the return fixture to leave them on 35 points from 16 matches, a point clear of Pirates and four ahead of Platinum Stars in third.
Chiefs won the first quarter, while Platinum Stars were awarded the prize money for the second quarter.
The Amakhosi pair of marksman Parker and head coach Stuart Baxter were named player and coach of the first quarter for their efforts in securing a top-of-the-table finish, while the Platinum Stars duo of coach Cavin Johnson and striker Henrico Botes were named player and coach of the second quarter.