Kaizer Chiefs have called off their end-of-season awards ceremony for the first time in the history of the club’s existence following another trophyless season.
The Glamour Boys finished another campaign without silverware after finishing third in the Absa Premiership behind champions Mamelodi Sundowns and second-placed Orlando Pirates.
Chiefs’ chairman Kaizer Motaung confirmed that the club cancelled the annual event to focus on rebuilding their squad ahead of the next season and will announce their new head coach within the due course of time.
‘It has become customary for us to host a ceremony where the club thanks and rewards the players, technical team, staff and other individuals who have distinguished themselves over the course of the season,’ Motaung told his club’s official website.
‘However, this season was marked by unusual events, one of which was seeing the club go a third year without lifting a major trophy.
‘Our decision was influenced by our displeasure with the team’s performance and not being able to achieve objectives we set for ourselves.
‘We want to put this season behind us and concentrate on ensuring that we are in a position to challenge for major honours next season.
‘Despite the disappointment, I would still like to commend the players and coaching staff for their commitment and I urge everyone involved with the club to strive towards restoring the club to its rightful place at the pinnacle of football and giving our loyal fans something to cheer [for],’ he concluded.
Chiefs call off awards
Owing to an underwhelming campaign that has been punctuated by indifferent form on the pitch and not meeting our objectives, Kaizer Chiefs have called off the club’s end-of-season awards gala this year.
— Kaizer Chiefs (@KaizerChiefs) May 15, 2018