AmaZulu F.C.

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AmaZulu
AmaZulu logo.svg
Full name AmaZulu Football Club
Nickname(s) Usuthu, Amaqhawe (Heroes)
Founded 1932, as Zulu Royals
Ground Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Ground Capacity 70,000
Chairman Patrick Sokhela
Coach South Africa Steve Barker
League ABSA Premiership
2013–14 ABSA Premiership, 9th
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 18 July 2012 losing by a solitary goal scored by Federico Macheda.

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

First team squad[edit]

As of 12 March, 2015.

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

No. Position Player
1 Zimbabwe GK Energy Murambadoro
2 South Africa DF Roscoe Pietersen
3 South Africa MF Goodman Dlamini
5 South Africa MF Kulegani Madondo
6 South Africa MF Nhlanhla Shabalala
7 South Africa MF Nkosinathi Mthiyane
8 South Africa DF Marc Van Heerden
9 South Africa FW Bongani Ndulula
10 South Africa FW Philani Shange
11 South Africa MF Ayanda Dlamini
12 South Africa DF Sifiso Hlanti
13 Togo DF Sadat Ouro-Akoriko
14 Namibia DF Larry Horaeb
16 South Africa DF Robyn Johannes
17 South Africa FW Bongi Ntuli
No. Position Player
18 South Africa MF Asive Langwe
21 Kenya MF Paul Were
23 South Africa DF Bonginkosi Macala
25 South Africa FW Mfanafuthi Dlamini
26 South Africa MF Tshepo Liphoko
27 South Africa DF Tapelo Nyongo
28 Ghana MF John Arwuah
29 Zambia FW Bornwell Mwape
31 South Africa GK Aubrey Mathibe
33 Zimbabwe DF Carlington Nyadombo (captain)
37 Namibia DF Willem Mwedihanga
41 Namibia FW Sydney Urikhob
44 South Africa GK Siya Mngoma
80 South Africa DF Mbulelo Mabizela

Foreigners[edit]

In the RSAn PSL, only five non-RSAn nationals can be registered. Foreign players who have acquired permanent residency can be registered as locals. NAMns born before 1990 can be registered as RSAns.


Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: SPAR
  • Kit manufacturer: Kappa

External links[edit]