Kaizer Chiefs cancel annual player awards for 2018

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Amakhosi players will not be rewarded by the club despite finishing third on the log and qualifying for the Caf Confederation Cup

Kaizer Chiefs have announced the cancellation of their annual player awards for the 2017/18 season. 

According to the club, 'an underwhelming campaign that has been punctuated by indifferent form on the pitch and not meeting our objectives' was the main reasons for cancelling the awards. 

Amakhosi had never missed the chance to reward their top performers, and club admitted that it's the first in their history that they will not be holding the traditional awards. 

Chiefs took to their social media platforms to announce this decision, before releasing an official statement on their website.  

Amakhosi boss Kaizer Motaung said this campaign was marked by 'unusual events' - adding that going three seasons without a major trophy was one of the reasons to cancel the event.  

“It has become customary for us to host a ceremony where the club thanks and rewards the players, technical team, staff and other individuals who have distinguished themselves over the course of the season," said Motaung in a statement released by Chiefs.  

"However, this season was marked by unusual events, one of which was seeing the club go a third year without lifting a major trophy," he said. 

“Our decision was influenced by our displeasure with the team’s performance and not being able to achieve objectives we set for ourselves,” added Motaung. 

Motaung said they want to put the season behind them and concentrate on rebuilding a team that will challenge for titles next season. 

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He thanked the players for their commitment this season, before urging everyone involved with the club to ensure that it returns to where it belongs. 

“We want to put this season behind us and concentrate on ensuring that we are in a position to challenge for major honours next season," he explained. 

“Despite the disappointment, I would still like to commend the players and coaching staff for their commitment and I urge everyone involved with the club to strive towards restoring the club to its rightful place at the pinnacle of football and giving our loyal fans something to cheer,” concluded Motaung. 

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