Cape Town – Kaizer Chiefs legend Fani Madida has wished club boss and founder, Kaizer Motaung, a happy 74th birthday and labelled him a true ‘man of the people’.
Motaung formed Chiefs in 1970 and has arguably made the club into the biggest sporting institution in South African football.
Motaung was born on 16 October 1944 in Soweto and his contribution has been immense both from Chiefs’ perspective, as well as helping to form the Premier Soccer League in 1996.
The tributes have continued to pour in for Motaung – and Madida, who made his debut for Amakhosi in 1987 – praised the contribution of the spiritual leader of the Glamour Boys.
The once prolific striker told the club’s official website: “Happy birthday Kaizer. Thanks to the Almighty God for keeping this icon up to now, as our country needs torchbearers like him.
“He excelled as a player and an administrator. He founded Kaizer Chiefs in 1970 and look what an institution the club has become. Others have been trying to copy Amakhosi’s success, but nobody has been equal to the task.
“As a person, Kaizer is the epitome of an immensely successful person, who has stayed humble. It’s easy to have a chat with him and he understands the man in the street. He’s far from aloof. Kaizer is a man of the people.
“It’s that personality that has attracted so many people to Kaizer Chiefs and that’s why the club always plays at home, even when playing on the road, because of the immense support it attracts countrywide. Kaizer is the glue that keeps the supporters and the club together.”