Born for the job: Kaizer Motaung Jnr is Chiefs’ new sporting director

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Kaizer Motaung junior. PHOTO: Gallo Images
Kaizer Motaung junior. PHOTO: Gallo Images

As part of the process of making notable and meaningful changes to bring back the glory days, Kaizer Chiefs has appointed Kaizer Motaung junior as its sporting director.

Motaung junior, the club’s former player and the son of chairperson Kaizer Motaung senior, officially took up this new position on Thursday.

Among many important responsibilities that the position entails, Motaung junior will be driving increased levels of performance and effectiveness throughout all the areas of the club’s football operations. He will work with the head of technical Molefi Ntseki and football manager Bobby Motaung.

Motaung junior will also be responsible for engaging with Amakhosi’s wider business functions to fully align the Club’s operational vision and business model. Motaung senior said the position could not have gone to a more suitable candidate when you look at Motaung junior’s football training from a young age.

“As well as the fact that he obtained a B.Comm degree, a rare achievement for footballers under the age of 40.

“It was also important for us not to immediately rush him after his retirement as he needed time to adequately familiarize himself with the boardroom matters and equip himself with more education,” said the chairperson.

As a youngster, Motaung Jr played for Wits University and Kaizer Chiefs youth academies in South Africa.

He went on to feature for Chelsea and TSV Munich 1860 juniors in England and Germany in the late 90s and early 2000s.

Motaung Jr was promoted to the TSV 1860 Munich reserve team at the start of the 2001-2002 season where he spent two seasons.

He joined Kaizer Chiefs’ senior team in July 2003 and hung-up his boots in 2014 at the age of 32, after spending just over 10 years as an Amakhosi player.

“I am looking forward to continuing to work with my colleagues.

“We need to maintain Kaizer Chiefs as a household name in world football and we’ve shown that it can be done after reaching the Caf Champions League final for the first time.

“Our task will be ensuring that there are proper and solid structures in place from U13, U15, U17, U19, reserves, up to the senior team,” said Motaung junior

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