Thanda Royal Zulu

Name: Thanda Royal Zulu FC

Nickname : Amabhubesi

Head Coach: Roger Sikhakane

Formed: 2007

Club colours: Red/Navy Blue

Home Venue: uMhlhathuze Sports Stadium

Alternative venue(s): Ulhundi

Website: www.thandarzfc.co.za


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.