Kaizer Chiefs Football Club
Nickname: Amakhosi, The Phefeni Glamour Boys
Home Ground: FNB Stadium, Soweto; Gauteng (94, 796)
Coach: Steve Komphela
2014/15 League Finish: 1st (Champions)
Star Players To Watch: Mulomowandau Mathoho, Tsepo Masilela, Reneilwe Letsholonyane, George Lebese, Bongani Ndulula
Young Guns To Watch: Lorenzo Gordinho, Andisiwe Mtsila, Sula Matovu
The Grand Stand View
The defending champions have proven that they are indeed one of the most resourceful clubs in Africa, managing to field a competitive football club filled with internationals after suffering a mini personnel exodus that would have unsettled many a football club with a lesser pedigree, is a testament to the strength of the side and the proud tradition they boast. The custom of the Amakhosi may be one of winning and entertaining the fans with quality attacking football that is befitting of The Phefeni Glamour Boys, yet there have been many calling for the club to return to its roots of developing its own elite level ready prospects and using them to supplement a competitive first team side while adding a unique quality, instead of buying ready-made players as back-up options.
Kaizer Chiefs have one of the deepest rosters of the elite sides in the premier league, which isn’t saying much in a league where most clubs have over 35 first team players registered, yet their comparatively smaller roster has some quality younger players that should be getting a chance to play at the elite level and prove that Kaizer Chiefs does still believe in developing young talent and affording them a chance to play first team football. We will have to consider the circumstances within which Mr. Komphela has had to work in when we set realistic expectations for him and his side this season, they will always have the quality to mount a serious title challenge regardless of what structure the gaffer should choose to deploy; while I would personally like to go on record to state that Kaizer Chiefs will find it incredibly difficult to win another league title this season, I am a man that doesn’t mind being proven wrong when I’ve missed the mark. Without the defensive stability they enjoyed from a stable backline last season, combined with the ageing of star experienced players like Tsepo Masilela and Reneilwe Letsholonyane, one cannot help but think that Kaizer Chiefs will actually have to play better football than they did last season if they are to retain their crown.