RICHARDS BAY FC

RICHARDS BAY FC (formerly Thanda Royal Zulu)

Name: Richards Bay FC

Nickname : Amabhubesi

Head Coach: Jean Losciuto

Formed: 2007 Renamed in 2107

Club colours: Red/Navy Blue

Home Venue: uMhlhathuze Sports Stadium

Alternative venue(s): Ulhundi

Website: www.thandaroyalzulufc.co.za

CLUB HISTORY:

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.

2006/07  14th in Castle Premier League playing as  Benoni Premier United. Lost 1 – 2 to Swallows in the Telkom KO. Beat Black Leopards 3 – 1 in the 1st round of the ABSA Cup, beat Bay Utd 2 – 1 in round 2, but lost 0 – 1 to Santos in the Quarterfinals.

2007/08  14th in ABSA Premiership in their 1st season playing as  Thanda Royal Zulu. Beat Pirates 1 – 1 AET (5 – 4) in the 1st round of the Telkom KO. Lost 1 – 3 to Sundowns in the Quarterfinals. Lost 1 – 2 to Aces in the 1st round of the  Nedbank Cup.

2008/09  15th in ABSA Premiership. Lost 0 – 1 to Pirates in the 1st round of the Telkom KO.  Lost 2 – 3 to Maritzburg Utd in the 1st round of the Nedbank Cup. Beat FC Cape Town on the away goals rule in a semi-final of the NFD  Promotional Playoffs, but lost 0 – 3 to MP Black Aces in the final and were relegated along with Bay United.

2009/10  5th in the Coastal Stream of the NFD. Lost 1 – 4 to Bidvest Wits in the round of 16 of the Nedbank Cup.

2010/11  2nd behind Bay United in the Coastal Stream of the NFD. Lost 1 – 4 over two legs to Bay United in the NFD Promotional Playoffs semi-finals.

2011/12  3rd in the new single stream NFD and qualify for the Promotional Playoffs. Thanda finished 3rd in the 3 team playoffs and retain their place in the NFD.

2012/13  4th position in the NFD, just losing out on the Promotional Playoffs.

2013/14  11th in the NFD. Lose 3 – 3 (1 – 3 Pen) to Orlando Pirates in 1st round of Nedbank Cup.

2014/15  4th in the NFD. Lost 0 – 2 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the first round of the Nedbank Cup

2015/16  14th in the NFD. Lost 1 – 4 to Amazulu in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup.

2016/17  1st in the NFD and promoted to the ABSA Premiership. Lost 0 – 1 to Stellenbosch FC in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup. Thanda sold their PSL status to Amazulu FC and therefore will remain in the NFD. The club also changed their name to Richards Bay FC and will stay in the harbour town.

2017/18  12th in the NFD. Beat Witbank Spurs 2 – 1 in the preliminary round of the Nedbank Cup and Bloemfontein Young Tigers 5 – 0 in Round 1, before losing 1 – 3 to Bloemfontein Celtic in Round 2.   

                       RICHARDS BAY FC

Date Opponents H/A GF GA Goal Scorer/s Log Position
29 Nov 20 AMATUKS A 0 1   WK 1 -15
02 Dec 20 CT ALL STARS H       WK 2
06 Dec 20 SEKHUKHUNE UTD A       WK 3
15 Dec 20 JOMO COSMOS H       WK 4
20 Dec 20 CT SPURS A       WK 5
03 Jan 21 ROYAL AM H       WK 6
10 Jan 21 PRETORIA CALLIES A       WK 7
13 Jan 21 STEENBURG UNITED A       WK 8
17 Jan 21 TS SPORTING H       WK 9
23 Jan 21 JDR STARS A       WK 10
26 Jan 21 POLOKWANE CITY A       WK 11
31 Jan 21 BIZANA PONDO CHIEFS H       WK 12
13 Feb 21 FREE STATE STARS A       WK 13
16 Feb 21 CAPE UMOYA UNITED H       WK 14
21 Feb 21 UTHONGATHI FC H       WK 15
06 Mar 21 BIZANA PONDO CHIEFS A       WK 16
13 Mar 21 ROYAL AM A       WK 17
17 Mar 21 PRETORIA CALLIES H       WK 18
21 Mar 21 CT SPURS H       WK 19
03 Apr 21 CAPE UMOYA UNITED A       WK 20
06 Apr 21 CT ALL STARS A       WK 21
10 Apr 21 POLOKWANE CITY H       WK 22
13 Apr 21 FREE STATE STARS H       WK 23
17 Apr 21 UTHONGATHI FC A       WK 24
25 Apr 21 SEKHUKHUNE UTD H       WK 25
02 May 21 AMATUKS H       WK 26
05 May 21 TS SPORTING A       WK 27
09 May 21 JDR STARS H       WK 28
16 May 21 JOMO COSMOS A       WK 29
23 May 21 STEENBURG UNITED H       WK 30
      0 1    
HOME                
  P W D L GF GA GD Pts
RICHARDS BAY FC 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
                 
AWAY                
  P W D L GF GA GD Pts
RICHARDS BAY FC 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0
                 
TOTAL                
  P W D L GF GA GD Pts
RICHARDS BAY FC 1 0 0 1 0 1 -1 0

 

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PLAYER No. POSITION BORN DOB INFO
ANDILE MBANJWA 44 GOALKEEPER     Wits Jnrs,Mthatha
           
VELUYEKE ZULU 5 DEFENDER Ulundi 3-Feb-1995 Pmb Utd,R Eagles,Arrows,Pmb Utd
SIMPHIWE MCINEKA 25 DEFENDER   8-Oct-1996  
JUNAID SAIT 34 CEN DEF   24-May-1993 Milano,Stellenbosch,Ajax CT
           
SANDILE KUBEKA 6 MIDFIELD   9-Jun-1991 R Eagles
KATLEGO MAPHATHE 7 MIDFIELD Botshbelo 24-Apr-1993 Roses,Warriors
LINDOKUHLE SHANGE 21 MIDFIELD   4-May-1996  
BAFANA DLAMINI 35 MIDFIELD Nelspruit 13-Oct-1993 Castle & Remember Academies,Chippa,Mthatha,EC Bees,Kings
TRANSFER IN          
YURRIG CONWOOD 4       Chippa Utd
SABELO MKHWANZI 22        
DUMISANI MSIBI 13 GOALKEEPER   1-May-1995 S/S Jnrs,All Stars,Spurs,Royal AM
BAFANA KALI 3 DEFENDER Tembisa 13-Feb-1991 Roses,FSS,FC CT,FSS,Uthongathi
THABANG MOKOENA 23 CEN DEF Thokoza 5-Apr-1983 Cosmos,S Eagles
TONY ZWANE 27 LEFT BACK   31-Mar-1999 Stellenbosch
KHOTSO MALOPE 12 MIDFIELD Benoni 18-Jun-1994 Chiefs Jnrs,loan to Swallows & Thanda,Chiefs
THABO MAPHAKISA 14 ATT. MID.   2-Oct-1994 FSS Jnrs,FSS
GIFT RADEBE 15 MIDFIELD      
BAYZEL GOLDSTONE 18 RIGHT WING   5-May-1998 Arrows Jnrs,Royal AM
SIYABONGA VILANE 9 STRIKER Ingwavuma 10-Oct-1986 Amazulu,Afr.Warriors,Aces,Uthongathi,Baroka
DEVON SAAL 10 STRIKER   6-Jun-1992 Milano,Santos,Pmb Utd,Stellenbosch,Ubuntu
TRANSFER OUT          
SANDILE MTHETHWA 4 DEFENDER Richards Bay 14-Apr-1997 To Chippa
ABUBAKAR MUMUNI 15 MIDFIELD GHANA 3-Dec-1993 To Leopards
MICHAEL BOY GUMEDE 11 STRIKER Empangeni 7-Jun-1993 To Arrows
KULEGANI MADONDO 12 MIDFIELD Pmb 20-Jun-1990 To Baroka
SBONELO NGUBANE 30 DEFENDER   9-May-1995 To Baroka
THAMSANQA SANGWENI 21 DEF MID Empangeni 21-Apr-1989 To Pmb Utd
MENZI HLOPE 9 STRIKER   12-Oct-1993 To R Kings
TSEPHO MASHIGO 23 STRIKER   09-Feb-96 u/20.Swallows FC,All Stars