Zitha Kwinika’s return to Kaizer Chiefs at the beginning of the season was a stunning achievement. However, his father has not attended any official Amakhosi matches at a stadium and is only willing to do so under specific conditions.
Kwinika has established himself as a key player for the Glamour Boys this season, eight years after being promoted to the Chiefs first team from the club’s development structures. He has had stints at Chippa United, Thanda Royal Zulu, Bidvest Wits, and Stellenbosch FC in between, but he is now back home at the Chiefs village.
Kwinika’s father, Robert, is overjoyed at his son’s return to Amakhosi but has yet to make his way to the FNB Stadium. The reason for this has been revealed, and it’s that Kwinika senior will only attend a live match if the Soweto giants reach a cup final. He explains that he wants to see his son on a final, and that’s the only time he’ll come and watch him play.
Kwinika understands his father’s stance and knows that he needs to work hard to help the team win trophies. Since his promotion to the first team in 2015, the club hasn’t won any trophies, and Kwinika senior is hopeful that the team can end their ongoing eight-year trophy drought. The Chiefs are currently in the running for second place in the DStv Premiership and have secured a quarter-final spot in the Nedbank Cup.