Profile: Real Madrid
Tuesday, March 10, 2009 (06:44)
Nedbank Cup trophy © Backpagepix
Nedbank Cup trophy © Backpagepix
Formed in 1987, Vodacom League Northern Cape side Real Madrid FC say they have met their goals for the Nedbank Cup already.

“We just wanted to qualify for the Last 32,” chairman Lucky Mohayi says. “Anything that happens now is just a bonus as far as we are concerned.

“It is a fantastic experience for the players to be in the same competition as the likes of Chiefs and Pirates, whether we play against them or not. Just to see the name of the club next to those is a very proud moment for us and one we will remember forever.

The team, originally known as Ipogeng Stars, are currently top of their Vodacom League and well on their way to winning promotion to the second tier of South African football.

Coach Mmui Saane has a good blend of youth and experience, but Mohayi says the team’s biggest strength is their togetherness.

“They play well as a team and work hard for each other. That is why we are having such a good season, because the players really want to do well for each other.”

Unlike their counterparts in Spain, the team plays in a mixture of red and white, and turn out for their home games at the Galeshewe Stadium in Kimberley.