Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung Snr has dismissed the notion of a ‘friendly’ match between Amakhosi and Orlando Pirates, stating that any encounter between the two teams is always highly competitive.
The clash between Chiefs legends and Pirates legends, scheduled to take place on Saturday at the Pumas Rugby Stadium in Emalahleni, has generated immense excitement, with tickets for the match already sold out.
Speaking on the Chiefs official website, Motaung Snr expressed his gratitude to the organizers for arranging these games and emphasized the importance of keeping the legends active and involved with the team. He stated, ‘A game between Chiefs and Pirates is never a friendly. It is a good sporting spectacle for the fans and all those involved.’
Jessica Motaung, Chiefs’ marketing and commercial director, also highlighted the significance of playing in Emalahleni. She explained that it allows the team to connect with fans in different towns and venues where the first team does not usually play.
Motaung stated, ‘We are pleased to be able to show our appreciation to the organizers for taking us to Emalahleni, a place where we have not played for a while.’
The Chiefs Legends squad for the match includes former stars such as Brian Baloyi, Jabu Mahlangu (formerly Pule), Siphiwe Tshabalala, and Siyabonga Nomvethe. Thabo Mooki, co-coach of the Chiefs Legends team and a former midfield star for Amakhosi, expressed his confidence in the squad, saying, ‘We won against them a few months ago in Malamulele, and we will try to defeat our Pirates counterparts again. We have a strong team, and we have some new inclusions.’
Mooki also emphasized the importance of these games in bringing the legends together and providing entertainment for the fans. He stated, ‘We are happy to always get the guys together and play these games. We will be looking to give our fans in Emalahleni a good memorable game.’
The Chiefs legends squad for the match includes Brian Baloyi, Rowen Fernandez, Cyril Nzama, Nhlanhla Kubeka, Tsepo Masilela, Morgan Gould, Derrick Spencer, Siyabonga Nkosi, Stanton Fredericks, Jabu (Pule) Mahlangu, Siphiwe Tshabalala, Mandla Masango, Josta Dladla, Frank Makua, David Radebe, and Siyabonga Nomvethe.