KAIZER Chiefs striker, Kaizer Motaung Jnr has officially retired from professional Football.
The 32-year old announced his decision to members of the media at a press conference on Monday at the Kaizer Chiefs Village in Naturena.
“My 90 minutes on the pitch has come to its end, but my kick off into life after football has been signaled.
“After much soul searching and close discussions with my Family, I have decided to focus my energy into furthering my education by completing my degree, which I have been doing on a part-time basis as a Kaizer Chiefs Player.
“As of January 2014, I have been, and will continue to, embark on an internship here at Kaizer Chiefs, with time spent in all facets of this great organization, in the various departments to learn as much as I can to be able to add value to this Club’s great legacy.
“Yes, my name is Kaizer Motaung JNR, an honour that has brought with it huge responsibility and great expectations. “First and foremost, I would like to thank the Almighty God, my Lord and Saviour, for the strength, guidance and protection throughout my life and career.
“I would like to thank ALL the Coaches that have helped mould and prepare me, from my youth to my professional playing career.
“To ALL the Technical Teams I have had the honour to work with, I would like to say a big thank you to you all. To our Physios, doctors and kit staff and the ground staff who all made it possible for me to get the best out of my football.
“A great word of thanks and praise goes to my Teammates, past and present who have worked tirelessly with me on and off the field of play as we fought and played together to fly the Amakhosi flag.
“To the Amakhosi Supporters, our soldiers, our brothers and sisters through thick and thin. You have been with us through every living moment, every high, every low, I thank you for your patience, for your love, for your prayers and for your support. Without you, we are nothing, it has been an honour to play for you and to be a part of your lives.
“To the members of the Media, I would like to thank you for your support and contribution to my career. Thank you for your part in writing my story. I ask for your continued support as I move on to a new chapter in my career.
To my Chairman, my Boss, my Leader, My Hero, My Father, My Friend, Mr. Kaizer Motaung SNR….
All I can say is that God sent you to touch so many lives, in so many ways that words could never express our gratitude, appreciation and thanks.
“I would like to thank you for all your words of advice, love, and wisdom you have given me over the years. Your belief in me has driven me to aspire each day to be a person of integrity and humility. Thank you for the opportunity you have given me to represent your team on the field. I am honoured and humbled and hope I served your vision with excellence. Thank you MR. Chairman.
“To the rest of my Family, thank you for your prayers and support throughout the years, your strength is what kept me strong through the hard times. I love you all”, he concluded.-www.psl.co.za