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Kaizer Sends Message To Chiefs & Mashiane

Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung has sent a message to the club’s players and found some encouraging words to Happy Mashiane after his red card.

Amakhosi had reached their first-ever CAF Champions League final in a record-breaking campaign but got beaten at the final hurdle by Al Ahly, who lifted their 10th continental trophy.

The game was impacted by Mashiane’s red card before half-time, with Chiefs conceding three second-half goals.

However, Motaung praised the team for their performances in Africa’s elite club competition.

“I wish to take this opportunity to congratulate the team for the magnificent effort in the attempt to win the CAF Champions League, even if we did not win the trophy, to reach this final is historical for the Club,” he told the club’s media department.

“It is unfortunate that the red card defined the outcome of the match. These kinds of defining moments happen in the games of this magnitude. I would like to thank the players and the Technical Team, not forgetting the entire support and entourage that participated in the journey to the final.”

Motaung took some time to send special words to Mashiane, who was heartbroken after his red card.

“I want to take this special moment to encourage Happy Mashiane,” the chairman added. 

“Happy must take this as a lesson and an experience that will come in handy in his career. This is not his fault and this must serve as a lesson to everyone in the team. 

“We must realise that these things happen in football and life in general. Happy is still young and has a great future ahead of him. He is not alone, we are in this together.”

Motaung also addressed the club’s difficulties in returning back home after some technical issues with their plan on Monday.

 “I am also quite aware that the travelling team has faced challenges to travel back home due to the flight mechanical concerns,” the Chairman added. 

“I wish everyone safe travel and that everything will be sorted.” 

“This has been a great effort from everyone. I am appealing to all of us to understand that the journey continues from here. It is not always plain sailing in any journey but we must believe that one day we will achieve our objective. I wish you a safe journey back home.”