Mpumalanga Black Aces

Club Name: Mpumalanga Black Aces Football Club

Club Address:
Kloof Road & The Parade Street
1 Parade on Kloof Offices
Unit 5,Oriel
Bedfordview, 2007

Club Tel No: (011) 615 9318/ (011) 022 2422

Club Fax No: (011) 615 9257/ 086 651 9422

Club Email:



Name: Mpumalanga Black Aces

Chairman: Mario & George Morfou

CEO/MD: Marc Grune

Motto: Amazayoni

Formed: 1937

Club Honours and Achievements: 2008:Nedbank Cup Finalist 2009: Promotion to PSL. 1993: Bobsave Super Bowl Champions 1983: Mainstay Cup Finalists 1980: BP Top 8 Champions

Club colours: Royal blue & White

Home Venue: Rand Stadium



Facebook/Twitter: / and @mpblackaces

Media Officer/ Contact: Thulani Khumalo – 072 751 0188 Technical and Playing personnel

Head Coach: Rodolfo Zapata

Assistant Coach: Caesar Maphalla

Goalkeeper Coach: Davies Phiri

Team Administrator: Sipho Mthembu

Team Captain: Edward Williams

Longest-serving player: Felix Musasa


1937: A group of dairy workers came together to form Black Aces after the Second World War.
1940-1950: Black Aces campaigned in the Transvaal Local League. In the league they played against the likes of, Black Jacks, Bantu Callies, Home Stars, River Side and Methodist FC.

1960: Aces affiliated to the NSL and managed to finish position 2nd on the log at the end of the season. Amazayoni played their home games at Lynnville Stadium and hosted the likes of, Black Pirates, Katlehong United, Randfontein Young Zebras, Transvaal Black Birds, Orlando Highlanders and Pretoria Spar Sporting Club

1964: Aces campaigned in the Witbank Bantu Football Association where they were very much successful winning the league in numerous occasion in the process. During those days there was a derby between Aces and Witbank Real Rover which produces entertaining football.

During the campaign Aces were reached the finals of the UTC Cup where they lost to Randfontein Young Zebras. The prize money for the Cup was a staggering R400.

1970: Aces affiliated to George Thabe’s new NPSL league. The whole country stood up and took notice of Black Aces on the field of play.

1971: Black Aces were one of the original thirteen founding members of the Airbone League. In the first season Amazayoni finished in position four on the log, four points behind Orlando Pirates. Throughout the 70’s finished in the top 8 of the NPSL qualifying for the more lucrative BP Top 8.

1973/1974: Black Aces reached the quarterfinals of the Life Cup Challenge and lost to Kaizer Chiefs. 1975: Recorded a superior goal difference above Golden Arrows and Vaal Professionals which helped Aces to qualify for the Top 8.

1976: The team had a poor showing due to Thomas “Junior” Ngobe missing as a result of a broken leg. During this time Aces was under the guidance of Moses “Slow” Masuku and boosted talented players like Excellent Mabuza and Alfred “Ace” Mkhonza.

1978: This year marked the return of Ngobe from a long injury lay-off. Aces were paying against the likes of Wits University, Highlands Park, Lusitano and Acadia. In the same year all white teams finished in the top three and Aces with the same number of points with Chiefs and Highlanders, finished 6th due to inferior goal difference.

1979: After a run 13 unbeaten games, coach Nick Koapeng was shown the door after being accused of demanding too much from his players. Following his sacking, the club‘s form started to suffer and they dropped lower on the log.
One of the games they lost was against Kaizer Chiefs where 18 000 supporters forced their way into a 10 000 capacity Lynnville Stadium.

The goal of the match came via the boot of Nelson Teenage Dladla who was later stretchered off the pitch from a bone crunching tackle. Later that year, English man, Nick how joined the team as player coach and made a good start with a 5-1 win away versus Benoni United.

1980: Black Aces picked up their first silver wear when they beat Orlando Pirates to clinch the BP Top 8. The two teams had played to 1 all draw in the first leg whereas Aces won 1-0 in the second leg.

In the same year Aces reached the quarterfinals of the Mainstay Cup but lost 3-4 to Kaizer Chiefs who were the eventual winners of the tournament. The Aces team boosted the likes of Cyprian “Mahala” Maimane, Jacob Ntuli, Nick Howe, Meshack “Touch” Mukwebo, Shakes Nhlapo, the late Steve “ Buri” Maseko, Jacob “ Bhuda” Mathathe, Emmauel Motla, Steve Selape, Abel Mkhabela, the late Steve “Disco” Makua, Thomas “ Junior” Ngobe, Willy “ Madmax” Mahlangu, George Mthembu, Douglas Mulaudzi, Jonathan “Ace” Mdlalose, the late Arthur “Makeba” Zulu and Solomon Mohlabane. 1981: Steve “Disco” Makua was out for a long time after breaking a jaw while Thomas “Junior” Ngobe was in Australia. During this time, Waulter Rautman took over the reigns as the head coach.

Rautman was ecstatic when Aces managed to humiliate early season giant killers, Mamelodi United 7-0 at Lynnville Stadium in a game where Shuffle Mokopane scored four goals. Aces later beat PUBS but could only manage to finish in 6th position at the end of the season.

1983: Amazayoni reached the final of the Mainstay Cup where they lost 0-1 to Moroka Swallows in front of 70 000 spectators at Ellispark Stadium. The only goal of the game came via the boot of Ace Mnini in the last minute of the game.
Aces had new players in the form of Ben Ntuli, Alfred “ Shandu” Tsole, William “ Sunshime Man” Sibiya, Bobby “ the best” Hearn, Nick “Bazooka” Sishweni, Jacob “ Bhuda” Mathathe, Peter ‘Fuduwa” Mokoatedi, Harris “TV 4 “ Choeu and Kenny Jill.

1984: In this year, Nick “Bazooka” Sishweni was transferred to Orlando Pirates for a whooping R 25 000. Augusto Palacios was then a player coach had replaced Orlando Casares in the hot seat. In the same year Aces campaigned as Ukhamba Aces as well as Super Curl Aces.

1985: Aces managed to beat Bush Bucks by 2-1. This was a tough year for Aces whereby Gordon Igesund was involved in a lawsuit against Amazayoni. In the same year Harris “TV 4” Choeu was suspended for attending trials in Belgium without the knowledge of the team.

1988: This is the year when Harrold “Jazzy Queen” Legodi arrived at Aces in the middle of a crisis. The team was experiencing problems and as a result half of the team was suspended by the management under suspicion that they were fixing matches. This followed after they lost three consecutive league games. Later on the team bounced back at the expense of Kaizer Chiefs via a solitary goal from the boot of Eric Mahlangu.

1988: Terry Paine was brought in to coach the team and during his helm at the team he had talented players in the form of Owen da Gama, Amos ‘Heel Extension” Mkhari, the late Matthews Msibi, Pio Noguera, Roberto Bitencourt and Michael Buthelezi whose three goals once sank African Wanderers.

Later that year on the 05th July, Matthews Msibi was killed in a car crash and his family received a donation of R 2000 from the NSL.

1993: This year, Johnny Ferreira joined Amazayoni and managed to turn the team into a championship winning material. In the same year, Aces won the Bob Save under Johnny Ferreira via an injury time free kick from Richard Pierre.
1994: Black Aces had a strong team that included the likes of Joseph Sibiya, Jerry Madonsela, Emmanuel Pereira, Winston Mqgamqo, Brad Deetlefs, Adam “Mavula” Mabena, Joseph Thulare, Siza Maphalla, Thembinkosi Biyela, Sello “Page” Mahlangu, Percy Nxumalo, Johannes Shili and Richard Pierre.

1995: This is the year where the blue and whites where registered as a close corporation. Thembinkosi Biyela managed to fish the season as a top goal scorer after netting 11 goals. Johannes Shili colud only manage to score six goals while Laurence Siyangaphi and Bonga Mofokeng netted four goals apiece.

1996/1997: This year saw the departure of Johnny Ferreira which led the team to slip down the log table and as fate would have it, Aces were relegated at the end of the season.

Amazayoni only managed to pick up 19 points while conceding 70 goals in the process. During that time Aces had players such as Jean Pang Penda, Dennis Lota, Tebogo Mokoena, Tebogo Mophaleng, Dumisa Ngobe, Sammy Troughton and Jonas “Lombi” Mabusela underthe guidance of Steve Haupt.

2004: The Morfou family bought relegated Dangerous Darkies and renamed it Mpumalanga Black Aces reached the Vodacom League at the end of the season.

2006: The Morfou family bought the franchise of Polokwane based City Pillars and changed the name to Mpumalanga Black Aces who campaigned in the National First Division Inland Stream.

2007/2008: Aces finished in 5th position at the end of the season and also reached the finals of the inaugural Nedbank Cup beating the likes of Thanda Royal Zulu and Free State Stars in the process. Amazayoni narrowly lost 0-1 to Mamelodi Sundowns in the final.

2009: Aces finished 2nd behind Jomo Cosmos in the Inland stream of the first division and therefore qualify for the play-offs. In the first leg of the play-offs, Aces beat Carara Kicks 3-2 on aggregate to advance to the finals against Thanda Royal Zulu.

In the final, Black Aces managed to beat Thanda Royal Zulu 3-0 on aggregate to advance to the more lucrative ABSA Premiership.


We, as a family and new owners of Aces are originally from Mpumalanga residing in Kriel, now called I-Langa, under the Emalahleni Municipality. Our businesses are based in this province as well as our hearts