Kaiser Motaung Early Life and Career
Kaiser Motaung was born on 16 October 1944 in Orlando East, Soweto, a township southwest of Johannesburg. He began playing soccer at a young age and turned professional at the age of 16 when he joined Orlando Pirates FC. He entered the international scene when he was recruited by North American club Atlanta Chiefs in 1968.
Despite struggling with the weather and injury, Motaung made his North American debut for the Atlanta Chiefs as a substitute in a friendly game against Manchester City, scoring two goals in the process. He continued to play brilliantly for the rest of the season, scoring 16 goals in 15 matches, making him the top scorer in the league that season. As a result of this achievement, he was voted “Rookie of the Year” and gained a place on the NASL’s All-Star Team. In 1975, he returned to the NASL to play two seasons with the Denver Dynamos.
When Motaung returned to his home country in 1970, he started his professional soccer team. Motaung named his club Kaizer Chiefs after himself and his former NASL team. Despite early setbacks and opposition, Motaung succeeded in assembling a good mix of veterans and talented rookies and the club soon became a force to be reckoned with. Kaizer Chiefs soon had a large following and became the most successful team in South Africa, winning more than 78 trophies and gaining an estimated 14 million supporters throughout the country.
Kaiser Motaung Achievements and Personal Life
Motaung is also the co-founded the Premier Soccer League (PSL) with Irvin Khoza. In 2004, he was voted 73rd in “the top 100 Great South Africans” and was awarded the Entrepreneurial Leadership Award by Henly Management College, South Africa in the same year.
He is currently a member of the South African Football Association’s (SAFA) executive committee and is also a non-executive director of Primedia Limited, the company that owns 40% of Kaizer Chiefs. Motaung is married to Valeta and they had five children. His first son, Thabo, died in 2012. Here are his children:
- Bobby Motaung, who is the football manager of Kaizer Chiefs FC.
- Jessica Motaung, who is the marketing director of Kaizer Chiefs FC.
- Kaizer Motaung Junior is a former football striker who played for Kaizer Chiefs FC.
- Kemiso Motaung, who is the digital manager of Kaizer Chiefs FC.
- Thabo Ceyland Motaung, who was the only child not involved in the family business passed away in 2012.