'I was there from the beginning‚' says Kaizer Chiefs' first secretary at 50th birthday celebrations
Among those waiting on Tuesday morning for Kaizer Chiefs' 50th birthday celebrations in Phefeni to begin was 70-year-old Sheila Mosimane-Makhele‚ the club's first secretary in the 1970s and early 1980s.
Clutching memorabilia and a magazine article from 1980 on her‚ she waited for the club's chairman‚ Kaizer Motaung‚ to arrive.
Mosimane-Makhela began working as Chiefs' secretary three years after their founding on January 7‚ 1970.
This is history. @KaizerChiefs' 1970s and 1980s secretary Sheila Mosimane-Makhele waits for the start of the club's 50th anniversary celbration at Chiefs' first training field in Phefeni, Orlando West. It was also her 70th birthday on Saturday pic.twitter.com/elyLTbrWWP— Marc Strydom (@marc_strydom) January 7, 2020
"I was Chiefs' secretary from 1973 to 1983‚" Mosimane-Makhele said.
"Our offices were in Conlyn House in the city centre.
"I started with the reserve team. I was there from the beginning. I was the first secretary there."
Chiefs' 50th anniversary celebration - attended by greats and legends‚ the current players and coaching staff‚ current and past administrators‚ and people who have been involved in the club - was held in a marquee erected on their original training field‚ opposite their first clubhouse at 8414 Sentsho Street in Phefeni‚ Orlando West.
The current @KaizerChiefs senior and junior teams sing for jersey No 24, Cincha Guluva, Amakhosi's chairman, Kaizer Motaung on the club's 50th anniversary, where it all started, on the club's first training ground, opposite the 1st clubhouse at 8414 Sentso St, Phefeni pic.twitter.com/9zmDO117v0— Marc Strydom (@marc_strydom) January 7, 2020