AmaZulu F.C. (South Africa)
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AmaZulu F.C. South Africa

AmaZulu Football Club
AmaZulu logo.svg
Nickname(s)Usuthu, Amaqhawe (Heroes)
Founded1932; 87 years ago (1932), as Zulu Royals
GroundKing Zwelithini Stadium, Umlazi, Durban
ChairmanPatrick Sokhela
CoachSlovakia Jozef Vuku?i?
LeagueABSA Premiership
WebsiteClub website
The old logo of AmaZulu F.C. before 2009.

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.


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.[1]

Initially Prince Bayisikili was placed as the team guardian at eMsizini and later replaced by Prince Sithela and the teams headquarter was at the eMbelebeleni Royal Kraal by then the team colours had changed to bottle green and white. On the day of King Bhekizulu's funeral in the year 1968, the team went to play a Cup game against SAPPI Homestars at eMandeni, which they lost 4-2. On the day of the funeral the club was supposed to escort the King's coffin but Mr. Shezi, Mr. Nsele, Mr. Magwaza ended up escorting the King wearing the teams uniform.[2]

After that game an argument had broken up between the supporters of the club because some of them including Prince Sithela criticized the fact that, how could the team play a game on the day of the funeral of the Zulu King, when the team was supposed to mourn the King's death. The continuation of the argument led to Mr Gideon Sibiya and Mr. Ntuli who accompanied the club to eMandeni decided to take the club away from eMbelebeleni to eWema and then it was no longer recognized at the eMbelebeleni Royal Kraal.[3]

At the end of 1970 the remaining committee members consisting of Mr Mkhize and Mr Ralph Mabaso decided to rebuild the team from scratch, recruited players, acquired a kit and appointed Mr Bethuel Masondo as the team manager. The committee went on to register the club as Zulu Royals United and Mr. Bethuel Masondo was the sole director. They decided to take the team back to eMbelebeleni Royal Kraal as its headquarters.[4]

In 1971 a team called African Wanderers which was located in Kwa-Zulu Natal were experiencing problems while playing in the National Professional League (NPSL) which led the NPSL to take a decision that the Kwa-Zulu Natal Football Association must suspend African Wanderers from the NPSL and then recommend another team from Kwa-Zulu Natal to replace them. The Kwa-Zulu Natal Football Association then recommended the following teams: Union Jacks, Durban City All Black, Zulu Royals United Directors or Young Dribblers.[5]

The National Professional Soccer League (NPSL) at that time chairman, Mr RD Sishi, decided that Zulu Royal's United must replace African Wanderers in the NPSL because Zulu Royals was a team which represented the Zulu Nation from the Royal Kraal and that it has a support base more than the clubs that were recommended.[6]

In 1971 Zulu Royals replaced African Wanderers and went on to finish 6th on the log and were voted club of the year. The following year in 1972 the club won the N.P.S.L league title securing 44 points from 26 matches and only losing 2 games.[7]

In 1973 Zulu Royal suffered a huge set back when the then manager Mr. Bethwell Masondo left the club and took with him several prominent players which split the club. After this unfortunate incident the club went into a mid-season slump that would see them not being able to successful defend their league title. In 1974, the running of the club was taken over by the supporters and in the same year, the team changed to AmaZulu Football Club. Some supporters led by Mr. Francis Dlamini who managed the reserve team decided to part ways with the reserve team to Bhekizulu hall and renamed back Zulu Royals United and its nickname were esikotshi".[8]

Other Directors that followed were Mr, Manana and Mr. Nxumalo who bought the team for R 4000.00, Mr. Merikan Madlala from Lamontville, then followed a committee made of Mr. Ngongoma, Mr. Duma, Mr. Mathe, Mr. Dlamini, Mr.Biyela and Nhleko. In 1985 the National Soccer League was formed and AmaZulu entered a new phase of their history under the leadership of Mr. David Dlamini.[9]

In 1987, Clive Barker coached AmaZulu FC to finals of mainstay Cup and Iwisa Charity Cup, where they were narrowly defeated twice by Kaizer Chiefs. In 1990 the club reached the Bob Save Super Bowl final which they lost with a last minute goal against Jomo Cosmos, in 1992 the club won the inauguration Coca-Cola Cup and finished 3rd on the log in 1993.[10]

After Mr. Dlamini then followed Spar Natal, Mr. Ncanana, Mr. Dan Naidoo, Mr. Mike Segal, Mr. Dave King after him was Mr Sisa Bikisha in 2002, who then changed the name AmaZulu F.C to Zulu Royals.[11]

In 2005, Dr Patrick Sokhela bought the team from Mr Sisa Bikisha, decided to revive the once mighty outfit of the Zulus by renaming the team back to AmaZulu Football Club. He and immediately bought the Premier Soccer League status of Dynamos to return the club to the top flight.[12] 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.

AmaZulu was relegated in the 2014-15 season. After a failure to be promoted in the 2016-17 season they rejoined the Premier Soccer League by purchasing the Thanda Royal Zulu's Premier Soccer League Status.[13]

After purchasing their PSL status, the team finished 7th in the 2017/2018 season,[14] however they were stripped of the Top 8 finish when Ajax Cape Town fielded Tendai Ndoro in matches against Platinum Stars, Polokwane City & Supersport United. This resulted in Ajax Cape Town losing all three matches 3-0 & fined R50 000 on each offence,[15] and AmaZulu dropping to 9th position in the 2017/2018 season.[16]

On 28 September 2018 it was announced by the PSL that AmaZulu would be docked 6 points for failure to comply with a ruling made by Court of Arbitration for Sport(CAS) in September 2017.[17] The matter surrounded the illegal termination of the contract of a former player, Phinheas Nambandi, in 2014[18] Nambandi took the club to FIFA to contest the termination of his contract, with FIFA ruling that the termination was illegal and that the club were to pay an amount of R1,086,000.00. AmaZulu appealed the decision at CAS, however, the decision was upheld. A year later the club had still failed to pay the outstanding figure to Phinheas Nambandi, this resulted in FIFA's Disciplinary Committee ruling that should the club not settle the debt with the player by 16 September 2018, 6 points would be deducted.[19][20]


The club currently training out of the People's Park fields, next to Moses Mabhida Stadium.[21] AmaZulu have administrative offices inside the Moses Mabhida Stadium,[22] whilst the technical team are based inside Prime High Performance Center. The club also utilize the performance facilities at Prime.[23]

The club play their home games out of King Zwelithini Stadium, which is based in Umlazi.


Club officials

Position Staff
Chairman Patrick Sokhela South Africa
Managing Director Graham O'Connor South Africa
General Manager Lunga Sokhela South Africa
Administration Manager Peter O'Connor South Africa
Team Manager Qedi Dlamini South Africa
Media Relations Officer Brilliant Mkhathini South Africa
Accounts Rozel Loretz South Africa
Receptionist Lihle Dlamini South Africa

Senior Team Staff

Position Staff
Head Coach Jozef Vuku?i? Slovakia[24]
Assistant Coach Mabhuti Khanyeza South Africa[25][26][27]
Goalkeeper Coach Davies Phiri Zambia
Performance Analyst Pilela Maposa South Africa
Club Scout Ayanda Mkhize South Africa
High Performance Manager Joshua Mervyn Smith South Africa
Physiotherapist Ryan Coert South Africa
Strength & Conditioning Coach Zunaid Crowie South Africa
Masseur Rendani Manuku South Africa
Kit Manager Mvikeli Shoba South Africa
Assistant Kit Manager Simon "Timer" Ndebele South Africa

Academy Staff

Position Staff
Head of Youth Development Ronnie Moroka South Africa[28]
Academy Manager Bukelani Mthembu South Africa
Reserve Team Coach Ayanda Dlamini South Africa[29]
Reserve Team Conditioning Coach Phumi Msane South Africa
U-19 Coach Belux Bukasa Kasongo Democratic Republic of the Congo[30]
U-17 Coach Khaya Mngwengwe South Africa
U-15 Coach Dinto Mkhize South Africa
U-13 Coach Nhlanhla ''Shakes" Zwane South Africa[31]
Academy Kit Manager Thuthukani Mthembu South Africa

Head Coach History

As of 10 January 2019[32][33][34][35][36][37]
Name Date Appointed Date Dismissed Time in office Matches Points per match
Jozef Vuku?i? Slovakia 18 Aug 2019 - 5 Days - -
Cavin Johnson South Africa 8 Aug 2017 16 August 2019 769 Days 71 1,17
Joey Antipas Zimbabwe 1 Jul 2016 8 Aug 2017 403 Days - -
Delron Buckley South Africa (Interim) 18 Apr 2016 30 Jun 2016 73 Days - -
Steve Barker (soccer) South Africa 23 Nov 2014 18 Apr 2016 512 Days - -
Wilfred Mugeyi Zimbabwe (Interim) 15 Oct 2014 22 Nov 2014 38 Days 5 0,20
Craig Rosslee South Africa 29 Nov 2012 15 Oct 2014 685 Days 57 1,25
Roger Palmgren Sweden 19 Sep 2011 26 Nov 2012 434 Days 41 1,24
Manqoba Mngqithi South Africa 1 Jul 2010 19 Sep 2011 445 Days 36 0,89
Neil Tovey South Africa 1 Jul 2009 28 Jun 2010 362 Days 33 1,27
Clive Barker South Africa 1 Jul 2007 30 Jun 2009 730 Days 59 1,27
Júlio César Leal Brazil 31 Jan 2007 30 Jun 2007 150 Days - -
Reggie Shelembe South Africa (Interim) 30 Nov 2006 30 Jan 2007 61 Days 7 1,00
Clive Barker South Africa 1 Jul 2006 29 Nov 2006 151 Days 10 0,6
Thabo Dladla South Africa 2005 - - - -
Keagan Mumba Zambia 2004 2004 - - -
Walter Rautmann Austria 2003 - - - -
Zipho Dlangalala South Africa & Thabo Dladla South Africa (Interim) 2003 2003 - - -
Joseph Mukeba Democratic Republic of the Congo 2003 2003 - - -
Ramadhan Nsanzurwimo Burundi 2003 2003 - - -
Neil Tovey South Africa 2001 2002 - - -
Eddie Lewis (English footballer) England 1999 2000 - - -
Gavin Lane South Africa (Interim) 1999 1999 - - -
Clive Barker South Africa 1997 1999 - - -
Eoin Hand Republic of Ireland 1993 1993 - - -
Clive Barker South Africa 1991 1993 - - -
Clive Barker South Africa 1986 1987 - - -
Clive Barker South Africa 1974 1976 - - -

Club Honours


  • National Professional Soccer League (South Africa):
    • Winners: 1972
    • Third Place: 1974 (As Zulu Royals)
  • First Division Coastal Stream (2nd tier):
    • Winners: 2000/2001, 2002/2003
  • Mvela Platinum play-offs:
    • Winners(1st tier Relegation/Promotion play-offs): 2007


Minor cups

  • KwaZulu-Natal Premier's Cup:
  • The Msunduzi Cup

Club records

Premier Soccer League

National First Division (2nd tier)

Cup record


Season Round Opposition Score
2012/2013 Quarter-Finals Moroka Swallows F.C. 0:2
2009/2010 Semi-Finals Lamontville Golden Arrows F.C. 1:4 (over two legs)

Telkom Knockout

Season Round Opposition Score
2018/2019 Quarter-Finals Orlando Pirates F.C. 1:3 (AET)
2017/2018 First round Kaizer Chiefs F.C. 0:3
2014/2015 Quarter-Finals Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 1:2 (AET)
2013/2014 First round Free State Stars F.C. 0:2
2012/2013 Quarter-Finals Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 0:2
2011/2012 First round Bidvest Wits F.C. 0:1
2010/2011 First round Kaizer Chiefs F.C. 0:2
2009/2010 Semi-Finals Ajax Cape Town F.C. 0:2
2008/2009 First round SuperSport United F.C. 0:1
2008/2009 Quarter-Finals Bloemfontein Celtic F.C. 0:1

Nedbank Cup

Season Round Opposition Score
2018/2019 Round of 32 Highlands Park F.C. 1:3 (Penalty shootout)
2017/2018 Round of 16 Ubuntu 2:3
2016/2017 Round of 32 Platinum Stars F.C. 2:3
2015/2016 Round of 32 Jomo Cosmos F.C. 3:4 (Penalty shootout)
2014/2015 Round of 32 Lamontville Golden Arrows F.C. 1:2
2013/2014 Round of 16 Bidvest Wits F.C. 1:4
2012/2013 Round of 32 Tembu Royals F.C. 1:2
2011/2012 Semi-Finals SuperSport United F.C. 0:3
2010/2011 Quarter-Finals Mpumalanga Black Aces F.C. 2:3
2009/2010 Final Bidvest Wits F.C. 0:3
2008/2009 Round of 32 Black Leopards F.C. 0:1
2007/2008 Semi-Finals Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 0:1

Current squad

As of 23 September 2019

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

No. Position Player
3 South Africa DF Ntuthuko Madela
4 South Africa MF Michael Morton
6 Zimbabwe MF Butholezwe Ncube
7 South Africa FW Bongi Ntuli
8 South Africa FW Jabulani Ncobeni
9 South Africa FW Mhlengi Cele
10 South Africa MF Siyethemba Sithebe
11 Zimbabwe FW Ovidy Karuru
12 South Africa MF Sduduzo Dlamini
13 South Africa FW Thokozani Ngubane
14 New Zealand FW Andre de Jong
16 South Africa GK Moeneeb Josephs
17 South Africa DF Mbongeni Gumede
19 Zimbabwe MF Talent Chawapiwa
20 South Africa FW Lehlohonolo Majoro
21 South Africa MF Charlie Hlalele
22 South Africa DF Sibongiseni Mthembu
23 South Africa DF Tshepo Gumede
No. Position Player
24 South Africa DF Thembela Sikhakhane
25 South Africa DF Phumlani Gumede
26 South Africa FW Sbusiso Magaqa
27 South Africa DF Tapelo Xoki
28 South Africa GK Siyabonga Mbatha
29 South Africa DF Sibusiso Mabiliso
32 South Africa FW Sandile Khumalo
33 Ghana MF Samuel Darpoh
34 South Africa MF Sphesihle Maduna
35 South Africa DF Boiki Modikaseng
36 South Africa DF Simphiwe Mtsweni
43 South Africa GK Neil Boshoff
50 South Africa MF Nhlanhla Vilakazi (captain)

Players on loan

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

No. Position Player
- South Africa DF Sbusiso Maluleke
- South Africa DF Njabulo Ngcobo
- South Africa FW Somila Ntsundwana
- South Africa DF Xolani Slawula
- South Africa MF Singabakho Ngema

Shirt sponsor & kit manufacturer


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