Cape Town – The University of Cape Town (UCT) conferred an honorary doctorate in Social Sciences on Kaizer Chiefs founder Kaizer Motaung on Friday.
According to IOL, Motaung rose to stardom after making his professional debut at the age of 16 for Soweto giants Orlando Pirates.
He was known for being quick with his feet and apt to dribble that he earned himself the nickname “Chincha Guluva” which means “the man with the quick feet”.
Motaung caught the eyes of Richard Cecil and Phil Woosnam who were respectively the owner and coach of the American team, Atlanta Chiefs.
In 1968, he was signed by the team after standing out during a friendly against Manchester City.
Motaung returned to South Africa in 1969 and became part of the group that formed Kaizer Xl before it was subsequently renamed Kaizer Chiefs in 1970.
Since its formation, the football club has gone and became the most followed and successful club in South African football.
Accompanied by his wife Valeta, son Kaizer Motaung Junior and daughter Kemiso at the graduation ceremony, Motaung said that he felt humbled at the honour bestowed upon him by the university.
“It was a memorable day in my life,” said Motaung. “It is a recognition by other people for the role I played with the help of others in football and this colossal brand that is Kaizer Chiefs.
“I will always treasure the day. It is a great day for South African football and Kaizer Chiefs in particular. And of course my family,” The Citizen quoted Motaung as saying.