“Orlando Stadium is part of Chiefs’ rich history”

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With Kaizer Chiefs set to play their remaining home Absa Premiership games this season at Orlando Stadium, Club legend Vusi ‘Computer’ Lamola says the stadium based in Soweto is part of the club’s rich history.

Lamola was a brilliant creative midfielder, who played for Chiefs in the 70s.

“Orlando Stadium is our home, it’s part of Kaizer Chiefs’ rich history and it holds so many great memories,” said Lamola.

Chiefs’ first-ever league title was won at Orlando Stadium in 1974 when they beat Orlando Pirates 3-0 in the final match of the season.

“Let’s not forget that we, as Kaizer Chiefs, gained our enormous popularity during the time that this stadium was our home,” – Lamola. 

‘The Glamour Boys’ went on to win more league titles in 1977, 1979 and 1981 with Orlando stadium as our home. On top of that, Amakhosi raised an avalanche of cup trophies at Orlando Stadium over the years.

“Orlando Stadium is like Wimbledon in England, every tennis player wants to play at Wimbledon, because of its fabulous history. The same is true for Orlando Stadium when it comes to football,” added Lamola.

The Soweto giants are celebrating their 50th anniversary during this year as the club was founded on 7 January 1970.

Chiefs, Pirates and Moroka Swallows also shared Orlando Stadium as their home ground in the seventies.

Lamola’s best memory of playing at Orlando Stadium was a Soweto Derby, beating Orlando Pirates 7-3 in a cup game at Orlando Stadium on 12 February 1972. It remains the club’s biggest win over their arch-rivals.

Lamola was involved in creating all seven goals. “That game changed my life as a player,” the former midfielder reflects.

“To revisit Orlando Stadium now in our 50th anniversary year is special for a club like Chiefs with such a very rich history,” concluded Lamola.

Amakhosi’ will resume the Absa Premiership campaign on Wednesday, 12 August when they host Bidvest Wits at 18:00.

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Edited By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi

By Kaizer Chiefs 

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