AmaZulu F.C.

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AmaZulu
AmaZulu F.C. logo.jpg
Full name AmaZulu Football Club
Nickname(s) Usuthu, Amaqhawe (Heroes)
Founded 1932, as Zulu Royals
Ground Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Ground Capacity 54,000
Chairman Patrick Sokhela
Coach South Africa Craig Rosslee
League ABSA Premiership
2012–13 ABSA Premiership, 12th
old logo

AmaZulu is a South African football club based in the city of Durban that plays in the Premier Soccer League.

The club's nickname, Usuthu, is a Zulu war cry.

History[edit]

One of the oldest clubs in South Africa, AmaZulu was formed by Zulu migrant workers in 1932 and originally named Zulu Royal Conquerors. The club was then introduced to then Zulu king Solomon, who changed the team’s name to Zulu Royals, their colours to royal blue and white, and also introduced the shield to their logo.

After a split within the club over the team’s decision to play a match rather than attend the funeral of the King in 1968, Zulu Royal United was formed in 1970, but just three years later another split led to the formation of AmaZulu Football Club. AmaZulu were crowned league champions in 1972 topping the now defunct NPSL. They also managed to win the Coca-Cola Cup in 1992 under veteran South African coach Clive Barker who had seven stints with the club since the mid 1970s.

In 2005, Patrick Sokhela took over the running of the club, and immediately bought the Premier Soccer League status of Dynamos to return the club to the top flight.

To commemorate the club's 80th anniversary in 2012 AmaZulu played a friendly against English giants Manchester United on July 18, 2012 losing by a solitary goal scored by Federico Macheda.

Notable former players[edit]

Notable former coaches[edit]

Honours[edit]

  • Mvela Platinum play-offs Winners: 2007
  • First Division Coastal Stream Winners: 2000-01, 2002–03
  • NPSL Champions: 1972
  • Coca-Cola Cup Winners: 1992

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa Patrick Sokhela
  • Managing director: South Africa Graham O'Connor
  • General manager: South Africa Peter O'Connor
  • Team manager: South Africa Japhet Zwane
  • Coach: South Africa Craig Rosslee
  • Assistant coach: Zimbabwe Wilfred Mugeyi
  • Goalkeeper coach: South Africa Graham Johnson
  • Head of youth development: South Africa Marc Grune

2013–14 First team squad[edit]

As of 30 August 2013 Note: Flags indicate national team as defined under FIFA eligibility rules. Players may hold more than one non-FIFA nationality.

No. Position Player
1 South Africa GK Philani Zikalala
3 South Africa MF Goodman Dlamini
4 South Africa DF Msekeli Mvalo
5 South Africa MF Kulegani Madondo
6 South Africa MF Letladi Madubanya
7 South Africa MF Nkosinathi Mthiyane
8 South Africa DF Marc Van Heerden
9 South Africa FW Bongani Ndulula
10 South Africa MF Njabulo Manqana
11 South Africa FW Ayanda Dlamini
12 South Africa DF Sifiso Hlanti
13 South Africa DF Mfundo Nsele
14 Namibia DF Larry Horaeb
No. Position Player
15 Namibia MF Pineas Jacob
16 Zimbabwe GK Tapuwa Kapini (Captain)
17 South Africa DF Philani Cele
19 South Africa MF Lunga Zondi
20 South Africa FW Sthembiso Ngcobo (on loan from Kaizer Chiefs)
21 Namibia FW Sydney Urikhob
23 South Africa DF Bonginkosi Macala
24 South Africa DF Thamsanqa Teyise
25 Ghana MF Mohammed-Awal Issah
31 South Africa GK Aubrey Mathibe
33 Zimbabwe DF Carlington Nyadombo
37 Namibia DF Willem Mwedihanga

Foreigners[edit]

In the South African PSL, only five non-South African nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals. Namibians born before 1990 can be registered as South Africans.


Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: SPAR
  • Kit manufacturer: Kappa

External links[edit]