Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C.

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Black Aces
Mpumalanga Black Aces logo.svg
Full name Black Aces Football Club
Nickname(s) Amazayoni
Founded 1937
Dissolved 2016
Ground Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit
Capacity 40,929
Manager Muhsin Ertugral

Black Aces were a South African football club that played in the Premier Soccer League. Aces usually played their home games in the Mpumalanga province but were based and trained in Johannesburg.

History[edit]

The original club was founded in 1937 by dairy workers. The club folded after finishing 14th in the National First Division inland stream in 2002.[1] The club had also been known as Ukhumba Black Aces, Witbank Black Aces and Super Kurl Aces during its existence.

The current club is the second incarnation and they entered the South African football league in 2007 when the Polokwane-based City Pillars league license was bought and the team was transferred to Witbank from Limpopo.[2] The licensed was acquired in December 2006 and the team was playing under the name of Mpumalanga Black Aces in time for the 2007–08 season.[3]

In 2004, two South African businessmen George Morfou and his brother Mario bought the club side Dangerous Darkies, a Vodacom League but the team failed to win promotion to the Mvela Golden League. The Vodacom League team was renamed to Aces Academy in 2007 following the brothers' acquisition and in 2011 was renamed to AmaZayoni FC.

On July 30, 2014, it was announced that Aces had signed a new sponsorship deal with ISPS.[4]

In 2016, John Comitis purchased the franchise rights, closing the club and creating Cape Town City F.C., over 950 miles away.

Honours[edit]

  • Bob Save Super Bowl winners: 1993
  • BP Top Eight Cup winners: 1980
  • PSL Promotion/Relegation Play-off winners: 2008–09, 2012–13

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: ISPS Handa
  • Kit manufacturer: Canterbury
  • Official Supplier: Chesanyama
  • Official Car: Ermelo Toyota
  • Official Accommodation Partner: Tsogo Sun
  • Luxory Coach Partner: Putco

Managers[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesz/zaf02.html
  2. ^ Peters, Carl (16 April 2008). "Cup of dreams may be overflowing". iol.co.za. Retrieved 18 November 2012.
  3. ^ http://www.rsssf.com/tablesz/zaf08.html
  4. ^ http://www.mpblackaces.co.za/index.cfm?fuse=1&action=1&story=3550[permanent dead link]
  5. ^ FlashScore.com