Vasco da Gama (South Africa)

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Vasco da Gama Cape Town
Vasco da Gama logo.jpg
Full name Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama
Founded 1980
Ground Parow Park, Parow, Cape Town
Ground Capacity 3,000[1]
Chairman Mario Ferreira
Manager South Africa Keenin Lesch
League National First Division
2013–14 National First Division, 9th

Vasco da Gama is a South African football (soccer) club based in the Parow suburb of the city of Cape Town that plays in the National First Division. Coming from the lower ranks, the club has its roots entrenched in the local Portuguese South African community, and adopts its name and team colours from the Brazilian club Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama.


Vasco da Gama was established in 1980, carrying the name of famed Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. Being mainly a lower league club, Vasco won promotion to the National First Division in 2003, after being crowned champions of the Vodacom Second Division. In their first season of first division football they finished 5th, giving themselves the opportunity to build on their previous league performances.

After a successful 2005/2006 season, Vasco featured in the promotional playoffs, beating Bush Bucks in the semi-final. They lost 1–0 in the playoff finals to a Benoni Premier United team, which included Bafana Bafana players Bernard Parker and Tsepo Masilela. In 2008 they won the Vodacom League and regained promotion into the National First Division once again.

Vasco secured promotion to the PSL when they beat Black Leopards 2–1 (aggregate score 3–2) in a promotional play-off at Parow Park on March 7, 2010.

After only one season in the PSL Vasco was relegated finishing 15th on the log and losing the promotion/relegation playoffs.

On 9 January 2014, Vasco da Gama played a friendly match against German Bundesliga VfB Stuttgart at Coetzenberg Stadium in Stellenbosch[2] and lost 5–0 after a brace from Mohammed Abdellaoue, plus goals from Cacau, Martin Harnik and Vedad Ibišević.[3]



Notable former players[edit]

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Club officials/Technical team[edit]

  • Chairman: South Africa Mario Ferreira
  • Team manager: South Africa Kenny Gertse
  • Coach: South Africa Portugal Tony De Nobrega
  • Assistant Coach: South Africa Keenin Lesch
  • Goalkeeper coach: South Africa Joaquim Cardoso

2013–14 First team squad[edit]

As of September 15, 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 Kyle Peters
2 South Africa DF Tshepo Rikhotso
3 South Africa DF Keeno Shellar
4 South Africa DF Francois Adams
5 South Africa MF Jaabier Delport
6 South Africa DF Angelo Julius
7 South Africa MF Ryan Christian
8 South Africa MF Anridge Lakay
9 South Africa FW Snethemba Ngidi (on loan from SuperSport United)
10 South Africa FW Brent Adonis
11 South Africa MF Brandon Adams
12 South Africa DF Enrico Adolph
13 South Africa DF Jabulani Mazibuko
15 South Africa DF Shaheed Mobara
No. Position Player
16 South Africa GK Storme Da Silva
18 South Africa MF Ndiviwe Mdabuka
19 South Africa MF Zeka Karkee
20 South Africa MF Roberto Santo (Captain)
21 South Africa FW Therlo Moosa (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
22 South Africa MF Gavin Hammers
23 South Africa MF Stanley Muishond
24 South Africa FW Waseem Isaacs
26 South Africa GK Lance Niewenhuis
28 South Africa MF Yusuf Abrahams
31 South Africa DF Nathan Gertse
34 South Africa DF Alushavhiwi Marubini
35 South Africa MF Samuel Julies (on loan from Mamelodi Sundowns)
72 South Africa MF Pogiso Mahlangu

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: None
  • Kit manufacturer: Umbro


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