Ever wondered what will happen when the era of Irvin Khoza and Kaizer Motaung ends? TIMOTHY MOLOBI looks at the heirs of SA’s soccer bosses.
Kaizer Chiefs have Kaizer Motaung. Jomo Cosmos have Jomo Sono and Orlando Pirates have Irvin Khoza.
In a few years these giants of South African football might be replaced by their own flesh and blood.
South African soccer bosses are grooming their offspring to one day take over the running of their clubs and ensure that the multimillion rand football business continues running in the family.
In fact, 11 out of 16 PSL clubs have club owners’ relatives employed in strategic positions.
Only Bidvest Wits, SuperSport United, Moroka Swallows, Platinum Stars and Mamelodi Sundowns do not have relatives of club owners in their employ.
Football has always been a family business and obviously soccer bosses feel more comfortable with their kin running their clubs than outsiders.
But are these heirs equal to the task of growing the family business?
For a long time the likes of Khoza and Sono have had to spend their own money to bankroll their clubs but the situation has improved somewhat.
However, a few teams still struggle to attract sponsors.
Khoza is currently grooming his son, Nkosana, to take over the reins at Pirates one day while Motaung has Bobby, Jessica and Kemiso.
Free State Stars boss Mike Mokoena has two sons, Rantsi and Kootso, to rely on to take over when he relinquishes power.
Bamuza Sono might still be playing but he too will surely take over from his father one day.
At Arrows Mato Madlala has her niece, Nonceba, (team manager) whom she refers to as her daughter.
These are the future leaders of local football. Question is: Will they be able to fill the big boots of their elders?