Sundowns boss Patrice Motsepe hails 'father of SA football' Kaizer Motaung

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Motsepe has thanked the Amakhosi chairman for his role in the country’s football

Mamelodi Sundowns president Patrice Motsepe has hailed Kaizer Chiefs chairman Kaizer Motaung, describing him as the father of the South African football.

Motaung was honoured for his immense contribution to local football by Motsepe during a ceremony that took place at half-time of the Mandela Centenary Cup match against Barcelona at the FNB Stadium on Wednesday.

Motsepe said the founder of Amakhosi has made sacrifices to build the club and has contributed immensely to South African football.

“We would like to honour Mr Motaung for his sacrifices and all he has done for football in the country,” said Motsepe to the Chiefs website.

“We refer to Ntate Motaung as ‘Our father of football’ because he has done so much for the game here at home and globally,” he noted.

On the other hand, the man who started his football career at arch-rivals, Orlando Pirates, welcomed the gesture and received an award in the image of a lion, which is associated with the Bataung clan.

The former Atlanta Chiefs player in the United States of America said he was truly humbled to have received such a massive honour.

“I am truly humbled by this gesture from Mr Motsepe during this auspicious occasion where we celebrate the life of Madiba who would’ve turned 100 years old this year,” said the 73-year-old.

Meanwhile, Amakhosi will now participate in the Caf Confederation Cup next year following their top three finish at the end of the 2017/18 season.

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Resulting from the Big Three’s qualification for continental tournaments, the move has been welcomed by many in the football fraternity as Bafana Bafana could benefit from it.

However, Amakhosi have decided to cancel the club’s annual awards following a not-so-glamourous season as they failed to lift a major trophy.

Motaung said their decision was based on their failure to reach the targets they set out at the beginning of the 2017/18 campaign.

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