History

AMAZULU FC

Club Name : Amazulu Football Club
Nickname : Usuthu

Head Coach : Joey Antipas

Formed : 1932

Club Colours : Green

Home Stadium : Moses Mabhida Stadium
Club Website Address : www.amazulufc.net

Club History

The existence of the team started in the early 1930’s when it was known as Zulu Royal Conquerors.
After performing well in their games, the team was introduced to the Zulu King that was King Solomon. kaDinizulu in 1932 and then King Solomon decided to change the team’s name to Zulu Royals. The King gave the team owners the right to use the Shield as their logo and changed the team colours to royal blue and white.

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. The team colours were also changed to green and white.

Mr Sisa Bikisha in 2002 changed the name AmaZulu F.C to Zulu Royals. In 2005, Dr Patrick Sokhela bought the team from Mr Sisa Bikisha and decided to revive the once mighty outfit of the Zulus by renaming the team back to AmaZulu Football Club. This initiative was after many consultative meetings with the supporters in Kwazulu Natal and Gauteng, who wanted the old name AmaZulu FC back.

1972  Winners of the NPSL. Lost 1 – 3 to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Life Challenge Cup

1973  Lost 2 – 5 to Orlando Pirates in the final of the Life Challenge Cup

1974  Lost 0 – 1 to Orlando Pirates in the final of the Life Challenge Cup

1976  Lost 2 – 8 to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the BP Top 8

1987  Lost 0 – 1 to Kaizer Chiefs in the final of the Mainstay Cup

1990  Lost 0 – 1 to Jomo Cosmos in the final of the Bobsave Superbowl

1992  Beat Kaizer Chiefs 3 – 1 in the final of the Coca Cola Cup

1996/97  14th in the NSL.

1997/98  15th in the NSL.  Lost 0 – 1 to Bush Bucks in second round of the Bobsave Superbowl. Lost to Mamelodi Sundowns in the quarterfinals of the Rothmans cup.

1998/99  14th in the NSL. Lost 0 – 2 to Ria Stars in the Bobsave Superbowl.

1999/00  17th in the NSL and relegated to Division One Coastal Stream. Lost 0 – 1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the semi-finals of the Bobsave Superbowl.

2000/01  Winners of the Vodacom First Division and promoted back to the NSL.

2001/02  17th in the NSL and relegated to First Division Coastal Stream.

2002/03  Winners of the First Division Coastal Stream and promoted back to the NSL.

2003/04  Renamed Zulu Royals. 18th in the NSL and relegated to First Division Coastal Stream. Lost 0 – 1 to Suprt United in the second round of the ABSA Cup. Lost 1 – 2 to Golden Arrows in first Round of Coca Cola Cup.

2004/05  6th in the Mvela Golden League.

2005/06  8th in the Mvela Golden League.

2006/07  Bought franchise from Dynamos FC. Changed name from Zulu Royal to Amazulu FC. 15th in the NSL . Beat FC AK  and Universtiy of Pretoria in the Golden League Platinum Playoffs to retain their NSL status.

2007/08  13th in the NSL. Lost 0 – 1 to Bloemfontein Celtic in the quarterfinal of the Telkom Knockout. Lost 0 – 1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the semifinal of the Nedbank Cup.

2008/09  8th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 0 – 1 to Black Leopards in the first round of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 0 – 1 to Supersport United in the first round of the Telkom Knockout.

2009/10  9th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost in 1 – 2 to Golden Arrows I the Semi-finals of the MTN 8. Lost 0 – 3 in final of Nedbank Cup to Bivest Wits. Lost 0 – 2 to Ajax CT in semi-finals of the Telkom Knockout.

2010/11  14th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 2 – 3 to MP Black Aces in quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 0 – 2 in the first Round of the Telkom Knockout to Kaizer Chiefs.

2011/12  7th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 0 – 3 to Supersport United in the semi-finals of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 0 – 1 in round one of the Telkom Knockout to Bidvest Wits.

2012/13  12th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 2 in round one of the Nedbank Cup to Thembu Royals. Lost 0 – 2 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the Telkom Knockout.

2013/14  11th in the ABSA Premiership. Lost 1 – 4 to Bidvest Wits in the second round of the Nedbank Cup. Lost 0 – 2 to Free Stats Stars in round one of the Telkom Knockout.

2014/15  16th in the ABSA Premiership and relegated to the NFD. Lost 1 – 2 in first round of Nedbank Cup to Golden Arrows.  Lost 1 – 2 to Mamelodi Sundowns in quarterfinals of the Telkom Knockout.

2015/16  9th in the NFD. Lost on penalties after extra time to Jomo Cosmos in the first round of the Nedbank Cup. 

2016/17  5th in the NFD. Lost 2 – 3 to Platinum Stars in Round 1 of the Nedbank Cup

2017/18