Madida: Chiefs always set the standard for others to follow

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“Kaizer Chiefs is an institution. They are trendsetters, who are not called ‘The Glamour Boys’ for nothing. They always set the standard for others to follow.”

These are the words uttered by Fani Madida, who was a top striker in the South African top-flight in his heyday.

Despite Chiefs’ Absa Premiership and cup competitions drought stretching to five years, Madida believes that ‘Amakhosi’ are head and shoulders above the rest, ‘they lead, the rest follow’.

“It was such an honour to have served Kaizer Chiefs, a club with such a rich history and which is celebrating its 50th anniversary,” said Madida, reflecting on his five seasons at the Soweto giants. 

Almost three decades later, Madida still holds the record for the most number of league goals scored in one season as he netted 28 goals in 1991, helping Chiefs clinch the league title.

However, former Chiefs striker Collins Mbesuma broke Madida’s record of 34 goals in a single campaign when he banged in 35 goals in the 2004/5 season.

Madida won the Footballer of the Year and Players’ Player of the Year awards in 1991.

“Madida launched the Didiza 34 Foundation in 2019 which is aimed at using sports, education and cultural activities to expose young people to the opportunities the world has to offer. It’s about education through sport.” Picture: Didiza 34 Foundation. 

“When I joined the club, we took over from a generation of winners and we managed to raise the Kaizer Chiefs flag even higher,” said the ex Moroka Swallows head coach.

“We set our own standard for the next generation,” concluded Madida, who also played for Turkish side Beşiktaş, and had short stints at Antalyaspor and Bursaspor.

After a brief return to Chiefs, Madida went on to feature for Seven Stars, Ajax Cape Town and Hellenic, before retiring from football in 2000.

The former striker earned 11 caps for Bafana Bafana and was assistant coach to Muhsin Ertuğral at Chiefs (2007-2009), before becoming the assistant coach at AmaZulu.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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