Name: Polokwane City FC
55 PALMFONTEIN, SOETDORING, POLOKWANE, 0700
Tel: 015-289 6101|
Fax: 086 6444 078
Chairman: Ms. Julia Mogaladi
Chief Operations Officer: Mr.Tincy Tema
Football Manager: Mr Lesiba Lekalakala
Team Manager: Mr. Bernard Molekwa
Administrator: Ms Nkele Patricia Monama
Head Coach: Mr. Heric Vladislav
Assistant Coach: Mr. Jacob Machaka
Goalkeeper Coach: Mr. Johannes Phefadu
Team Captain: Mr. Nkueni Mayala
Masseur Rehabilator: Mr. Alex Muruba
Kit Manager: Mr. Lesiba Aphane
Motto: ‘Rise and Shine’
Club Honours and Achievements
2007/8 SEASON – Promotion to the Premier Division
2010/11 SEASON – WINNERS OF THE COASTAL STREAM
Home: Red Orange and Black (with red orange more dominant on the kit)
Away: Black and Red Orange (with black more dominant)
Home Venue: Old Peter Mokaba Stadium
Alternative venue(s): Oscar Mpheta Stadium (University of Limpopo)
In August 2005 Volkswagen South Africa purchases struggling KwaZulu-Natal based National First Division outfit Maritzburg United.
It’s the Uitenhage-based car manufacturing corporate citizen’s response to a challenge from then Nelson Mandela Metropolitan Municipality Mayor, Nceba Faku, who had called on local business to help establish a Professional Soccer League (PSL) team by the year 2010.
The Nelson Mandela Bay had just been chosen as one of the host cities for the 2010 Fifa World Cup and was in the process of building a 48 000-people capacity stadium for the global football spectacle.
In November 2005, after relocating the franchise to Port Elizabeth, the club embarks on a public participation process in search of a suitable name.
Interviews are conducted at taxi ranks. Opinions are sought on the streets and in public radio programmes. Newspaper advertisements are placed. All in an attempt to make the process as inclusive as possible.
Participants in the process automatically qualify for a lucky draw. The prize is a trip to the 2006 World Cup in Germany. At the end of the process a shortlist is drawn up comprising of the names Madiba United, Madiba Suns, Bay Siders, eBhayi Stars and Madiba Bay United.
The club settles for Madiba Bay United and meets Nelson Rholihlahla Mandela to request his blessing in using the name. Madiba agrees “in principle” – subject to approval by his Foundation.
The foundation later disapproves and the club settles for Bay United.
In 2006, in order to strengthen the capacity base of the club, Volkswagen also purchases the University of Port Elizabeth School of Excellence, a soccer development facility that had a second division franchise. The school becomes the club’s academy, aimed at identifying and nurturing young talent to feed Bay United and other senior clubs in the region.
In July 2007, the senior team ends the season as the second best in the NFD Coastal Stream, with 45 points (won 14 games out of 21, drew in three and lost only four).
In August 2007, Volkswagen South Africa announces that it has sold Bay United to Izingwe Holdings, an investment company headed by Port Elizabeth businessman Sipho Mila Pityana.
A year later, Bay United beats Gauteng side FC AK 2-1 in the last leg of promotional play-offs – a remarkable achievement for a team only in its third year of existence. The team is promoted to PSL at the end of 2007/08 season
In the 2009/10 SEASON, the team gets relegated back to NFD. At the end of the season after the club failed to qualify for the promotional playoffs, the club owners sold the Club franchise to a Limpopo based business woman, Ms. Julia Lerato Mogaladi.
In 2010/2011 the Club became the champions of NFD Coastal Stream and lost out on promotion to Premier Soccer League after losing on Streams champions playoffs as well as losing in the final of Promotional playoffs.
In 2011/12 SEASON, the Club relocated to Limpopo in Polokwane having spent one season in coastal under the new Club owner. After series of engagements with stakeholders, the Club then decided to change the name of the Club from that of Bay United Football Club to Polokwane City Football Club with effect from the 01st of August 2012.
The Club village which comprises of offices and team members residence is located on the above mentioned address. The change of name is as a result of accommodating the Club strategies in repositioning the brand