Meet the Real Kaizer Chiefs


(an SA Blog Beta post from Your Correspondent)

For music fans in the UK, the “Kaiser Chiefs” are a mildly popular band, one of the many pretenders to the shiny plastic retro rock-n-roll throne. Their destiny, without question, is oblivion – plus a brief revival for nostalgia purposes 20 years hence.

Meanwhile, in the summer of 2025, the real Kaizer Chiefs will be putting on their classy show as usual, enthralling millions of Africans week in and week out as they compete for the continent’s various pieces of soccer silverware. The Kaizer Chiefs are South Africa’s preeminent football team, current Premier League champions, and one of the most beloved clubs in the history of African soccer.

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Based in Soweto, they’re named after their founder and owner, prominent SA businessman Kaizer Motaung. Today, the real Kaizer Chiefs played in front of 80,000 people – have the pretenders ever done that? – beating their cross-township rivals and the current log leaders, Orlando Pirates, 1-nil.

It was a classic derby, the goal coming from Ugandan import David Obua in the first half. With the win, the Amakhosi (as they’re known to their fanatical supporters) have good momentum going into the football season’s second half. They’re currently lurking at number three on the log – look for them to put more heat on Mamelodi Sundowns (in 2nd place) and Pirates in the coming weeks.

Check out the real Chiefs’ snazzy website at KaizerChiefs.com.

Maintain a cool, aloof hostility toward the pretenders at KaiserChiefs.co.uk.