Kaizer Chiefs founder and chairman Dr. Kaizer Motaung Snr. was inducted into the South African Hall of Fame during a special gala event on Thursday evening.
Motaung, 79, was honoured for his achievements as player and football administrator. He was nicknamed “Chincha Guluva” during his heydays and his career spans from playing for Orlando Pirates, to being named Rookie of the Year in the North American Soccer League and returning to South Africa to found Kaizer Chiefs – named after himself and his former NASL team, Atlanta Chiefs.
As an administrator, Dr. Motaung has been a trailblazer in the South Africa football fraternity, and is a co-founder of the Premier Soccer League, where he still serves on the Board of Governors.
The induction ceremony highlighted the breadth and depth of Dr. Motaung’s influence, celebrating his unwavering dedication and profound impact on the sport, which has left an indelible mark on South Africa’s history.
In a moving homage to Dr. Motaung’s extensive career, the South African Hall of Fame reiterated its commendation for his dual role as a world-class footballer and a pioneering administrator and business leader. His nomination and subsequent induction into the Hall of Fame have been lauded as a fitting tribute to his enduring commitment and positive influence on countless lives through sports and community engagement.
“The visionary founder and Chairman of the Kaizer Chiefs Football Club, Dr. Motaung, has not only sculpted the present and future of football but has also left an indelible legacy that will inspire generations to come,” stated Johnny Burger, the Chairman of the South African Hall of Fame, in his heartfelt address to the attendees post-ceremony.
The ranks of previous inductees read like a roster of the nation’s heroes and include former President Nelson Mandela, golf legend Gary Player, the 1995 and 2007 Springbok Rugby World Cup winning teams, Archbishop Desmond Tutu, and the 1995 African Nations Cup-winning Bafana Bafana team. Dr. Motaung’s name now stands amongst these icons, further solidifying his legacy.
His induction into the SA Hall of the Fame is the latest honour Dr. Motaung has received after he was also appointed a member of South Africa’s Order of Ikhamanga, Silver class and awarded a honary doctorate by the University of Cape Town in 2022.