JOHANNESBURG - Kaizer Chiefs chairman, Kaizer Motaung, has said that the club’s discontentment with a third successive trophyless season is the reason behind scrapping the customary end of season player awards.
Amakhosi, currently without a coach following the resignation of Steve Komphela three weeks ago under the dark cloud of the Moses Mabhida Stadium mayhem, have taken a stance not to show any gratuity to what has been labelled by many – neutrals and supporters alike – as mediocrity.
“It has become customary for us to host a ceremony where the club thanks and rewards the players, technical team, staff and other individuals who have distinguished themselves over the course of the season,” Motaung said in a statement on Tuesday.
“However, this season was marked by unusual events, one of which was seeing the club go a third year without lifting a major trophy. Our decision was influenced by our displeasure with the team’s performance and not being able to achieve objectives we set for ourselves.”
Chiefs last won a trophy under Stuart Baxter in early 2015 before Komphela replaced the Scotsman ahead of the 2015-16 season. Under the former Bafana skipper, the Glamour Boys not only surrendered the championship, but also finished fifth, fourth and third in the three years he was there.
Komphela resigned shortly after the Nedbank Cup semifinal elimination at home against Free State Stars, which saw fans invade the pitch and cause mayhem by assaulting security guards and setting Durban’s Moses Mabhida Stadium alight.
“Instead, following a comprehensive review of this season’s campaign that saw us finish in third position, the club will focus on rebuilding before the start of the new season and will announce a new head coach and other positive changes in due course,” the statement read.
Chiefs call off awards
Owing to an underwhelming campaign that has been punctuated by indifferent form on the pitch and not meeting our objectives, Kaizer Chiefs have called off the club’s end-of-season awards gala this year.
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Motaung promised a squad overhaul long before Komphela resigned, but there have been no player movements as yet. Avram Grant, the former Chelsea and Ghana national team coach, remains the only man linked to the vacant post at the moment.
“We want to put this season behind us and concentrate on ensuring that we are in a position to challenge for major honours next season. Despite the disappointment, I would still like to commend the players and coaching staff for their commitment and I urge everyone involved with the club to strive towards restoring the club to its rightful place at the pinnacle of football and giving our loyal fans something to cheer,” Motaung concluded.