Poor recruitment of players, coaches, ignoring football as a primary source of business and accountability are the three major issues Kaizer Chiefs supporters have, according to Thando Nogampula, a faithful ‘Amakhosi’ follower.
Chiefs’ trophy cabinet at Naturena, the club’s village has been gathering dust for six years now and coach Gavin Hunt has endured a turbulent first season in charge in Soweto – finding little joy in the league as well as in domestic cup competitions.
They, however, found some hope on the continent as the Soweto giants recently reached the quarterfinals of the Caf Champions League, where they will face Tanzanian side Simba on Saturday evening at FNB Stadium in the first leg.
One of the organisers of Friday’s Chiefs supporters’ protest march to the famous Chiefs Village – headquarters, Nogampula, affectionately known as Ta Fitty on the Twitter streets wants the team to return to its glory days.
“We want to see Chiefs dominate again and compete as a team. We are going to Naturena to state our grievances to the management in terms of our issues with the way things have been in the past six years,” Nogampula told FARPost.
— #KaizerChiefsProtest/14May2021 (@Ta_Fitty) May 14, 2021
Nogampula, 36, from Gqeberha in Port Elizabeth started supporting ‘The Glamour Boys’ from the tender age of eight. He highlighted the three big concerns they have as Chiefs’ supporters:
a) Poor recruitment of players and coaches.
“Chiefs not having a playing philosophy, we don’t have our own style to say this is Chiefs’ style of playing football.”
b) Ignoring football activities as a primary source of business
“The club has ignored football as their main business as they have been focusing too much on marketing which has resulted in what has been happening in the last six years- we have not won anything, no silverware. We have five points away from the playoffs with three games to go.”
c) Issue of accountability
“The club made a mistake that resulted in us being banned by Fifa from signing players for two transfer periods, not a single person from Chiefs came to the fans to apologise. We lost the league in the last 30 minutes of the last game against Baroka, and the club didn’t release a statement and as fans we were hurt by that.
It is worth noting that Nogampula and other organisers of the March are not members of any Chiefs branch.
The long-suffering ‘Amakhosi’ also made it clear that the march is not about “Hunt and individual players, it is about management”.
“We don’t belong to any branch and anyone from the Chiefs’ branch members are welcome to join us, we will appreciate it,” he concluded.
The march orgainisers released a statement declaring a “legal and courteous” proceeding on Friday morning from 9:30.
March Details from Organisers
a) The march will be marshalled by Kaizer Chiefs supporters who volunteered for this duty‚ to work with law-enforcement officials from JMPD.
b) No weapons‚ or harmful or unlawful objects will be allowed. Everyone who misbehaves or does not follow the protocols will be apprehended.
c) Marchers can wear their Kaizer Chiefs regalia with pride.
d) The march has leaders who have been assigned to lead the event who will guide the marchers. They will also be responsible for reading and handing over the memorandum.
e) All Covid-19 regulations will be respected‚ such as wearing of masks at all times and social distancing.
f) The march will start at corner of Main Road and Flora Street‚ Naturena (near Tinti’s Restaurant). Organisers plead with marchers to arrive by 8.30am to depart for Chiefs’ Village at 9.30am. The memorandum handover is scheduled for 10am.
RELATED STORY: Amakhosi players giving their all, says Hunt
By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi