Tembu Royals FC are one of the oldest clubs competing in this year’s Nedbank Cup Last 32 having originally been formed as Dlezinye in the early 1930s, before being formally registered with their current name in 1955.
The club hails from Mthatha (formerly Umtata), home of ex-topflight side Bush Bucks, who were once a force in the South African game and will represent the Eastern Cape in this year’s Nedbank Cup.
It is the first time in their long history that they have reached this stage of the competition, and they hope it will provide them with the boost needed to take the step up to the top-two tiers of the domestic game.
Coached by Lwandile Magula, they have been in and around the top three of the Eastern Cape SAFA Second Division this season and will be contenders for the play-offs come the end of the campaign.
“We are very excited to be at this stage and are looking forward to showing the talent that we have here in the Eastern Cape,” says Magula. “We know it will be a big challenge to progress far in this competition but we will give our best and see where we end up.”
The club has a fairly young squad, born from their thriving youth system under the tutelage of Cecil Ngonbane.
They have teams ranging from Under-12 through to Under-19 that provide a constant flow of talent for the first team.
Perhaps their most notable former name is Meshack Wonder Mjanqeka, who was a star with Orlando Pirates in the 1970s and 80s.
Royals play their home games at the Mthatha Sportsfield and the club’s colours are green and yellow.
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