Thank you for your February issue on Strikers [FFT 187], and most importantly recognising Kaiser Motaung as one of the 'Greatest Strikers You've Never Heard Of.
I spent several of my younger years in Chingwill attending Roding Line School learning soccer, where I was forced to play keeper, since I was an American. However, my passion was to be a star- studded forward like Dennis Law or Geoff Hurst. when our family returned to Atlanta in 1967, the NASL (North American Soccer League) was starting up along with youth league and I finally got my chance to be a striker. We were lucky enough to have the Atlanta Chiefs, who stayed in the league for a number of years and I idolised many of thier strikers.
Several striker came in and out of the team over the years such as Brian Kidd, David Chadwick and Brain Alderson to name of few.But non of these players compared to Kaizer 'Boy Boy' Motaung. As an eight year old, I will never forget seeing his debut for the Chiefs as they beat Manchester city, with Motaung scoring two goals (they beat City twice that year). He had speed, power, precision and skill that could not be matched by anybody in the league. teaming up with his striker partner Emment Kapengwe from Zambia, they struck fear into not only NASL team, but teams like Aston Villa, Kilmamock, Wolves and other that came to States for the summer.
Definitely one of the best.
Clay Stone, Atlanta