On the 10th August 1996 Thabang Lebese’s solitary goal against Jomo Cosmos in The Amakhosi’s first game in the inaugural season of the Premier Soccer League in the 1996-1997 season, opened up Chiefs goal scoring account in the PSL.This is after the NSL(National Soccer League) was dismantled after some 20yrs to form the new PSL.
Eleven seasons later and Chiefs managed to score their 500th PSL goal, against the same opponents that they scored their first PSL goal against back in 1996. As Chiefs went down 2-1 against Cosmos on Sunday most Chiefs fans were more concerned with the fact that their team did not take three points with them back to Johannesburg, and it might have passed them by that Chiefs had reached a historical landmark during the game.
Perhaps only a small number of The Amakhosi faithful in Orkney would have given some thought to the fact that when, Ditheko Mototo managed to find an equalizer in the twenty-fifth minute of Sunday’s game against Cosmos, he also wrote himself into the Chiefs history books scoring PSL goal number 500 for The Amakhosi; it was not just the fans who were not aware of the historical importance of Mototo’s goal.
Speaking after Sunday’s game Mototo who does not often work his way onto the score sheet, was not aware that he just become apart of history.
The Chiefs defender said; “to tell you the truth I really did not know that the goal I scored was Chiefs 500th in the PSL, when we went into the change room at half time a couple of the guys came to me and congratulated and explained to me the importance of the goal”.
Mototo explained further; “I think losing the game took some of the sparkle off the goal, had we won the game it would obviously have felt much better, it does though feel nice to know that you have contributed to the history of this wonderful team”.
Having now notched up their 500th PSL goal Chiefs will now be aiming to get their next 100 PSL goals; on average it has taken The Amakhosi two years to score 100 goals so expect Chiefs to score their 600th PSL Goal sometime in January 2009. Chiefs first opportunity to begin carving out their next 100 goals comes this Saturday when they host Ajax Cape Town, in a league game to be played at Loftus Stadium in Tshwane.
Kaizer Chiefs Milestone PSL Goals
PSL Goal Number One
10th August 1996
Kaizer Chiefs 1 Jomo Cosmos 0
PSL Goal Number 100
25th April 1998
Kaizer Chiefs 2 Moroka Swallows 0
Chiefs second goal in the game was their 100th
PSL Goal Number 200
1st December 1999
Kaizer Chiefs 1 SuperSport United 0
PSL Goal Number 300
Aime Kitenge (own goal)
26th September 2002
Kaizer Chiefs 1 Dynamos 0
PSL Goal Number 400
5th January 2005
Kaizer Chiefs 1 Santos 0
PSL Goal Number 500
21st January 2007
Jomo Cosmos 2 Kaizer Chiefs 1