Prominent Kaizer Chiefs supporter Saddam Maake says as club fans they are happy with Bobby Motaung’s acquisitions that were announced at the press conference on Monday.
Chiefs unveiled eight new additions to the squad for the 2016/17 season on Monday – Ramahlwe Mphahlele, Lewis Macha, Keagan Buchanan, Edmore Chirambadare, Sibusiso Khumalo, Mitchell Katsvairo, Enocent Mkhabela and Emmanuel Letlotlo – and Motaung said there would be more to come.
“I’ve been a Chiefs supporter for 46 years now, I know everything that is happening there. People said the same things about the likes of Musona when we signed them, hey they are not quality, they are not stars, they are from Zimbabwe blah, blah,” he tells KickOff.com.
“Even our current PSL Footballer of the Season [Khama Billiat], where does he come from? Even him, he was an unknown and not a star when he arrived here.
“We don’t need stars or big-name players, we need players that have hunger to succeed, committed players who will respect the jersey. Others say we don’t sign quality, forgetting that we don’t have quality in South Africa.
“That’s why our national team don’t qualify for anything, because we just don’t have quality strikers here at home.”
Maake, who is a well-respected sports fanatic, says Amakhosi fans understand the difficulties the club management have to go through every time they try to get a player.
“The club wants Vilakazi, Morena, Molangoane and Rusike but we can’t get them, teams don’t want to sell to us. As supporters we will support whoever Chiefs gets, our job is to support the team,” he continues.
“People say Chiefs don’t want to pay but who beat Sundowns who are known as ‘Blessers’ of South African football for Ramahlwe Mphahlele? It’s Chiefs! Sundowns couldn’t pay what he was asking for.
“All in all, as Kaizer Chiefs supporters we say we are very happy with our new players.”