Wade Du Plessis: What it meant to play for ‘Amakhosi’

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Former goalkeeper Wade du Plessis has made a bold statement, claiming that Kaizer Chiefs “is the biggest club in Africa” while explaining what it meant to play for the Soweto based club.

Du Plessis played for ‘The Glamour Boys’ between 1990 and 1993, winning two league titles, several cup competitions and the Goalkeeper of the Year award as the club’s number one shot-stopper at the time.

“Kaizer Chiefs represents success, trophies, league titles, professionalism and quality players,” said Du Plessis.

“It’s the biggest club in Africa. Every youngster dreams about donning the Gold and Black one day.”

Du Plessis revealed that he regrets leaving Chiefs back in 1993 after having received a financially lucrative offer from D’Alberton Callies, which was based in KwaZulu Natal.

“The 1991 and 1992 side was phenomenal. It was a magnificent team with players of the calibre of Doctor Khumalo, Neil Tovey, Lucas Radebe, Gardner Seale, Ace Khuse, Shane MacGregor and Fani Madida. Picture: Kaizer Chiefs.

“I should never have left Kaizer Chiefs despite the increased financials benefit I would receive from my new club. Playing for Amakhosi is just so exceptional. One only realises how special it is after you have left the club,” reflected Du Plessis.

“Chiefs supporters are the soul of the game, and as with the biggest clubs in Africa, come with a massive following.”

The goalkeeper also played for Durban City and had stints at Orlando Pirates, Michau Warriors and AmaZulu before hanging up his boots in 1999 due to a serious back injury.

Du Plessis made two appearances for Bafana Bafana and these days, he runs the Sharks Soccer Academy based in Durban.

“This moment is still history in the making [Chiefs 50th Anniversary]. But, when I kept goal for the club in the early nineties, it represented Golden Years,” concluded Du Plessis.

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By Tokelo Martin Mokhesi 

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