Kaizer Chiefs Chairman and Founder Dr Kaizer Motaung expressed his feelings after he was awarded an honorary doctorate by the University of Cape Town on Friday.
Motaung, who founded Chiefs when he was just 27 years old more than 50 years ago, will now wear a doctor’s title in front of his name.
His club also quickly changed its name to Dr Kaizer Chiefs on their social media.
Motaung was accompanied by his son Kaiser Motaung Jr. and daughter Kemiso to the graduation ceremony in Cape Town where he was honored.
Speaking to the Chiefs afterwards, he said he felt humbled by the honor bestowed upon him by one of South Africa’s largest educational institutions.
“It was a memorable day in my life,” Motaung said. “This is recognition by others of the role that I have played with the help of others in football and in this colossal Kaizer Chiefs brand.
“I will always cherish this day. This is a great day for South African football and the Kaizer Chiefs in particular. And of course my family.
“I feel very humiliated and honored with this PhD by the University of Cape Town because people have put in their full effort and believe that I am fully deserving of this honor.”
From the team he formed after he and other players split from the Orlando Pirates, Motaung turned the Chiefs into a major and respected brand in local sports.
Chiefs has become a global brand and now has branches in other countries, including Mexico. Their clothing is among the best selling under the Nike brand.
The supporters of the chiefs congratulated their chairman with many rounds of applause from the UCT for the recognition they consider to be fully deserved.
Fakaati also congratulates Chincha Guluva on this important milestone in his distinguished life as both a football player and an administrator.