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
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|
|18 Aug 18||UBUNTU CT FC||H||1||0||GUMEDE||WK 1 -3|
|25 Aug 18||STELLENBOSCH FC||H||2||1||GUMEDE ; ERASMUS||WK 2 -1|
|02 Sep 18||ROYAL EAGLES||H||1||1||SHANGE||WK 3 -2|
|17 Sep 18||CAPE UMOYA UNITED||A||0||1||WK 4 -4|
|22 Sep 18||JOMO COSMOS||A||0||1||WK 5 -8|
|29 Sep 18||AJAX CT||H||1||0||MTHETHWA||WK 6 -6|
|07 Oct 18||MBOMBELA UN ITED||A||0||2||WK 7 -9|
|20 Oct 18||UTHONGATHI FC||H||WK 8|
|27 Oct 18||REAL KINGS FC||A||WK 9|
|03 Nov 18||TS GALAXY||H||WK 10|
|10 Nov 18||TS SPORTING||A||WK 11|
|24 Nov 18||WITBANK SPURS||H||WK 12|
|08 Dec 18||MACCABI FC||A||WK 13|
|15 Dec 18||AMATUKS||A||WK 14|
|23 Dec 18||TTM FC||H||WK 15|
|05 Jan 19||TS GALAXY||A||WK 16|
|13 Jan 19||STELLENBOSCH FC||A||WK 17|
|19 Jan 19||ROYAL EAGLES||A||WK 18|
|02 Feb 19||TS SPORTING||H||WK 19|
|09 Feb 19||CAPE UMOYA UNITED||H||WK 20|
|24 Feb 19||WITBANK SPURS||A||WK 21|
|03 Mar 19||MBOMBELA UN ITED||H||WK 22|
|09 Mar 19||UTHONGATHI FC||A||WK 23|
|15 Mar 19||AJAX CT||A||WK 24|
|30 Mar 19||JOMO COSMOS||H||WK 25|
|06 Apr 19||REAL KINGS FC||H||WK 26|
|13 Apr 19||UBUNTU CT FC||A||WK 27|
|20 Apr 19||MACCABI FC||H||WK 28|
|28 Apr 19||AMATUKS||H||WK 29|
|05 May 19||TTM FC||A||WK 30|
|RICHARDS BAY FC||4||3||1||0||5||2||3||10|
|RICHARDS BAY FC||3||0||0||3||0||4||-4||0|
|RICHARDS BAY FC||7||3||1||3||5||6||-1||10|
|ZAKHELE NGCOBO||16||GOALKEEPER||Pmb||19-Aug-1993||Utd FC,R Eagles,Baroka|
|NJABULO NGCOBO||3||CENT. DEF.||27-May-1994||Amazulu|
|SANDILE MTHETHWA||4||DEFENDER||Richards Bay||14-Apr-1997||Pirates|
|VELUYEKE ZULU||5||DEFENDER||Ulundi||3-Feb-1995||Pmb Utd,R Eagles,Arrows,Pmb Utd|
|PASEKA SEKESE||8||MIDFIELD||Welkom||1-Apr-1994||School of Excellence,Wits Jnrs,Wits,All Stars|
|STANLEY MUISHOND||10||ATT. MID.||1-Feb-1993||Vasco|
|KULEGANI MADONDO||12||MIDFIELD||Pmb||20-Jun-1990||Wits Jnrs,Pmb Utd,Amazulu,P Stars|
|MENZI HLOPE||9||STRIKER||12-Oct-1993||Thanda,All Stars|
|MICHAEL BOY GUMEDE||11||STRIKER||Empangeni||7-Jun-1993|
|THABISO NKOANA||32||STRIKER||Pretoria||28-Oct-1992||Sundowns Jns, Blackburn, SS Jnrs,S/S,Ajax|
|MOEGAMAT BERNARD||21||LEFT BACK||Steenburg|
|TSEPHO MASHIGO||23||STRIKER||09-Feb-96||u/20.Swallows FC,All Stars|
|MPHO ERASMUS||28||STRIKER||9-Oct-1986||Bay Utd,FC CT,Mthatha|
|SANDILE KUBEKA||6||MIDFIELD||9-Jun-1991||R Eagles|
|ANDILE MBANJWA||16||GOALKEEPER||Wits Jnrs,Mthatha|
|SIYANDA NGUBO||20||STRIKER||4-Dec-1996||Pirates,R Eagles|
RICHARDS BAY FC