Thanda Royal Zulu F.C.

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Thanda Royal Zulu
Thanda Royal Zulu logo.svg
Full name Thanda Royal Zulu Football Club
Nickname(s) Amabhubesi (The Lions)
Short name TRZ
Founded 2007, renamed Benoni Premier United
Ground Richards Bay Stadium, Richards Bay
Ground Capacity 8,000
Chairman Pierre Delvaux
Coach South Africa Roger Sikhakhane
League National First Division
2014–15 National First Division, 4th

Thanda Royal Zulu is a South African football club based in Richards Bay, KwaZulu-Natal that currently plays in the National First Division.


The club was known as Benoni Premier United until the end of the 2006–07 season when it was bought by a Swedish consortium that included Sven-Goran Eriksson. The new owners moved the franchise from Benoni to KwaZulu-Natal. Prior to that the club was known as Hellenic FC and was based in Cape Town.

They currently play their home games at Richards Bay Stadium in Richards Bay having previously played their home games at the Hammarsdale Stadium in Hammarsdale.

In 2010 the club moved its headquarters from Durban to Richards Bay.

The club's nickname Amabhubesi is Zulu for Lions while Thanda means love.

Club records[edit]

Premier Soccer League record[edit]

2013–14 First team squad[edit]

As of September 22, 2013

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

No. Position Player
2 South Africa DF Mduduzi Dlamini
3 South Africa DF Velile Zitha
4 South Africa MF Sphamandla Zungu
6 South Africa DF Brian Mashishi (Captain)
7 South Africa MF Mondli Cele
8 South Africa MF Siphesihle Zwane
9 South Africa FW James Bell
10 South Africa MF Nduduzo Phakathi
11 South Africa FW Michael Gumede
12 South Africa MF Mbuso Manyoni
13 South Africa MF Mzuvele Skhosana
14 South Africa FW Mhlengi Cele
15 South Africa MF Mphakamiseni Nene
16 South Africa FW Sakhile Hlongwa (on loan from Kaizer Chiefs)
No. Position Player
18 South Africa MF Evander Spandiel
19 South Africa MF Cebelihle Cele
20 South Africa MF Gareth Sussman
21 South Africa DF Siphamandla Vilane
22 South Africa DF Lindokuhle Mthembu
23 South Africa MF Gerald Xowana
24 South Africa DF Diamond Thopola
25 South Africa FW Siyanda Nkasa
26 South Africa DF Christoph Komane
28 South Africa DF Dean Galloway
30 South Africa GK Ntuthuko Mthembu
31 South Africa DF Innocent Ntuli
32 South Africa GK Samkelo Mbambo
42 South Africa MF Thobelani Maneli
44 South Africa GK Robert Modiadie

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer[edit]

  • Shirt sponsor: Bell Equipment
  • Kit manufacturer: Joma

Franchise History[edit]

External links[edit]