NedbankCup : Introducing African All Stars
The eight SAFA clubs will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of teams such as Maluti FET College and Baroka FC, who (while playing in the Second Division) upset the likes of Orlando Pirates and Kaizer Chiefs in previous Nedbank Cup competitions.
First up are the Gauteng-based African All Stars
AFRICAN ALL STARS
Division: Gauteng ABC Motsepe League
Coach: Sidwell Maboe
Previous Nedbank Cup Last 32 appearances: None
African All Stars are popularly known as Amazozo
African All Stars are a team on the rise with the ambition of not just becoming a household name in South Africa, but all over the continent.
The ambitious Gauteng ABC Motsepe League team missed out on promotion to the National First Division by a whisker last season when they lost their final round-robin game in the finals in Kimberley to Mbombela United.
They were also close to making the Last 32 of the Nedbank Cup before missing out to Edu Sports, who would go on to play Kaizer Chiefs in the first round.
They have put those two disappointments behind them though and have now completed one of their aims, to make the Last 32 of South Africa’s premier knockout competition.
The team is currently coached by former Orlando Pirates and Bloemfontein Celtic player Sidwell Maboe.
He can count among a number of players with experience in the divisions above the ABC Motsepe League, including former Mpumalanga Black Aces midfielder Setjhaba Mmuso, who helped the club to the quarterfinals of the Nedbank Cup in 2010.
“The dream we had when we formed this club in 2004 was to become a giant of Africa, not just of our own country,” chairman Atwell Sijadu says.
“That is why we chose the name we did, we do not want to be bound by a region, but to have a name that will be relevant anywhere.
“We have managed to maintain about 95 percent of the squad from last season, so they have all gained from those experiences and become better players for it.”
African All Stars play their home games in a yellow and black strip.
Source : PSL Media