Usuthu battling Downs in Legacy Cup


The game, played in honour of IFP president Mangosuthu Buthelezi, is scheduled to kick off at 15h00 at Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Stadium on October 13.

Last year's inaugural edition of the tournament saw Usuthu lose to Bloemfontein Celtic in the final. Swazi club Mbabane Swallows and a select team from Ulundi also competed in the event.

“I want to thank you for the interest you have shown in the Prince Mangosuthu Buthelezi Legacy Cup. Last year, when this cup was launched we saw tremendous support from football fans, from municipalities, from local business and from the community,” Buthelezi, 90, said at the launch of this year's competition on Saturday at the Prince Edward hotel in Durban.

“But it was the support from members of the media that promoted the cup to levels of outstanding success.

“I therefore wish to welcome you to this second Legacy Cup to be played on the weekend of 13 October. I hope you will write and talk about this imminent celebration of football, and that you will cover the games in the papers, on radio and on our screens, for this is a homegrown celebration of talent and skill.

“I’m proud of the AmaZulu Football Club and it’s general manager Mr Lunga Sokhela, who birthed this initiative in 2017. The AmaZulu Football Club has deep roots in the Zulu nation and in KwaZulu-Natal, and they’ve been scoring goals for more than 85 years. It was my own uncle, King Solomon kaDinuzulu who founded this club as the Zulu Royal Conquers in 1932.

“That was just a few years after I was born. So I grew up with this Club, following their journey with great interest and keen support. From the start, they were the pride of the Zulu nation. Every game they won was celebrated while every loss was lamented with the hopeful anticipation that, in the next game, they would come back strong. And they have never disappointed.

“After all the these years, there is truly a legacy behind this team. The success of the Legacy Cup feels like an extension of my birthday celebrations. It is certainly a gift not only for me, but for the whole football fraternity.

“This morning Mr Sokhela has asked me to speak about my hopes for the future, in light of my having become a nonagenarian just this week. My goes for the Legacy Cup are for it to grow and flourish, so that it’ll become a highlight on the calendar in KwaZulu-Natal. My hopes for the AmaZulu Football Club are continued strength and unity, both at management level and among the players."

AmaZulu general manager Sokhela also spoke of the Durban-based club's links with royalty.

“There’s close links with the royal household and AmaZulu Football Club. The club was founded in 1932 by King kaDinuzulu and king Solomon kaDinuzulu.”

He added: “So this project makes a lot of sense to us. It makes a lot of sense when we play respect to this great leader. As you’ve seen people from across political parties, the business world, South Africans as whole celebrating with his excellency as he turned 90 this year.”