Kaizer Chiefs founder and chairperson Kaizer Motaung has expressed his joy and gratitude on the occasion of the club's 51st birthday.
Amakhosi were formed on January 7 1970 and have gone on to be recognised as the biggest club in South Africa, having claimed numerous honours over the years.
A statement from a proud Motaung on the club's website read: "It is such a honour and privilege to witness how this Club has grown and developed over the last 51 years.
"Every anniversary is special, and we recognize it as yet another achievement.
"I wish to acknowledge those who have contributed to who we are today. So many people have been instrumental in creating this iconic brand. It is important to recognize the fact that without our backers, sponsors, and partners we would not have reached this stage in history.
"I would also like make a special dedication to our passionate and die-hard supporters who are the cornerstone of our success. Truly, we stand on the shoulders of giants and I would like to thank each supporter who has been our rock whether we win, lose or draw."
Motaung added: "Sadly, we have lost many friends due to COVID-19 and other illnesses. Indeed, we have just lost a legend in Ryder Mofokeng who will be buried this week. Ryder and many other fallen heroes of the past have contributed immensely to our success – they leave a massive legacy and big boots to fill. We would not be here today without their commitment to this journey. I wish to send my heartfelt condolences once more to the Mofokeng family.
"We are unable to celebrate in the usual way due to the pandemic. As we recognize this day, I appeal to all to continue following COVID-19 protocols and regulations so that we can fight the pandemic with the end goal of getting supporters back into stadiums as soon as possible."
- TEAMtalk media