SuperSport United History

 

M-Net Television purchased Pretoria City FC in July 1994. The strategy behind the purchase of a soccer club by M-Net was two-fold:

1. M-NET wanted to become involved with local soccer, not necessarily only through television rights, but by buying a struggling team which they could build into one of the better teams in the country.

The future of decoder purchases lies with the emerging market and soccer is beyond doubt the most popular sport in South Africa. The creation of strong brand awareness within soccer therefore made sense to the long-term goals of M-NET.

2. To qualify for the CAF competition in Africa within three years (and as often as possible thereafter) and therefore use the team as a marketing tool for the SuperSport television channel that broadcasts sport in Africa.

Coinciding with the purchase of the club was the purchase of a number of high profile local players.

Even with the new acquisitions the team continued to struggle in the lower rungs of the league, and consequently were relegated to the second division at the end of 1994. The second division gave the team character and perseverance.

They were never toppled from the top of the Northern Transvaal stream, winning the stream and going into the national playoffs with the winners of the three other streams. Pretoria City FC won the second division of the NSL and were promoted to the first division at the end of 1995. Not only was the team successful in the second division by winning the league, but also in the National Cup competition, the Bob Save Superbowl.

Pretoria City went on to play in the final of the Bob Save Superbowl but unfortunately lost 3-2 against Cape Town Spurs (who also won the first division title).

This was the first time in South African soccer history that a second division soccer team had reached the final of the National Cup competition and thereby qualified to play in the Confederation of African Football Cup Winners Cup Competition for second and third division teams.

One of the most significant off-field developments was the decision of the M-Net-backed Pretoria City board to apply to change the name of the club to SuperSport United Football Club. This helped start the process of maximising brand awareness and applying sound commercial principles that had made M-NET a financial success in broadcasting as well as their other sports holdings.

M-NET made an application to the NSL to change the name to SuperSport United FC and this was duly agreed during the NSL’s Annual General Meeting.

SuperSport United FC was born.

Since 1997 SuperSport United have been relatively consistent performers in the Premier Soccer League and in 1999 they won the Bob Save Superbowl which later became the ABSA Cup and then the Nedbank Cup, South Africa’s equivalent of the FA Cup, beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final.
SuperSport United had to wait until the 2004/2005 season to win their next major title, the then SAA Supa 8, again defeating Kaizer Chiefs in the final. The club also went on to beat Wits University in the final of the ABSA Cup, the second premier cup competition title.

Two seasons later, 2007/2008, SuperSport won the first of their three consecutive League titles, a feat matched only by Mamelodi Sundowns at the turn of the millennium.

In 2012 SuperSport United won the third premier cup competition, now rebranded the Nedbank Cup, defeating crosstown rivals Mamelodi Sundowns in a final played at Orlando Stadium.

Two runners-up positions in the MTN8 and Nedbank Cup and a third-place league finish in 2012/2013, followed by a fifth place in the league in 2013/2014 season sees SuperSport United now regarded as one of the most successful and consistent teams in the South African Football landscape.

With 14 consecutive top eight finishes, a plethora of talent being produced annually by the club’s youth structures and numerous titles in a very short history, SuperSport United has developed a reputation of being a progressive club and a competitive contender in all competitions.  

Club highlights:


2016-17

  • Nedbank Cup Winners
  • Telkom Knockout Runners-Up


2015-16

  • Nedbank Cup Winners


2014-15

  • Telkom Knockout Winners


2012-13

  • MTN8 Runners-Up
  • Nedbank Cup Runners-Up


2011-12

  • Nedbank Cup Winners


2009-10

  • Absa Premiership Champions


2008-09

  • Absa Premiership Champions


2007-08

  • Absa Premiership Champions

 
2005-06

  • SAA Supa8 Runners-up


2004-05

  • SAA Supa8 Champions
  • Absa Cup Champions
  • Coca-Cola Cup runners-up


2003-04

  • Finished 3rd in the Castle Premiership


2002-03:

  • Castle Premiership Runners-up
  • Qualified for African Champions League
  • Semifinalists of the BP Top 8 Cup Competition


2001-02:

  • Castle Premiership Runners-up


2000-01:

  • Finished 8th in the Premier Soccer League
  • BP Top 8 Cup Competition qualification

2001:

  • Signed a co-operation agreement with Feyenoord Rotterdam of Holland


1999:

  • Bob Save Superbowl Champions
  • 8th in the Premier Soccer League
  • CAF Cup qualification


1995:

  • Winners of the 2nd division NSL
  • Runners up of the Bob Save Superbowl
  • Winners of the Sparletta Challenge Cup
  • CAF Cup qualification


Board of directors:

  • Khulu Sibiya - Chairman of SUFC and SuperSport International Holdings
  • Nolo Letele - CEO of Multichoice SA
  • Imtiaz Patel - Group CEO Multichoice
  • Brandon Foot –Acting CEO SuperSport International
  • Graham Abrahams - Director of Enterprises and Regulatory Affairs SuperSport International
  • Mohamed Bhyat – CFO SuperSport International


Technical team:

  • Bafana Sihlali - Team Physiotherapist
  • Bertha Maselesele - Masseur
  • Joe Boshiela - Kit Manager
  • Patrick Molepo - Assistant Kit Manager
  • Pedro Nxusa –Transport
  • Sipho Mabuza - House father and Transport


Club Management:

  • Stan Matthews – Chief Executive Officer
  • Dominic Busschau – Head of Operations
  • Coltrane Munyai - Marketing Manager
  • Cheryl Lewis – Club Secretary
  • Gloria Nyati - Office Admin
  • Lucas Matlou - Content Reporter
  • David Skosana - Communications Manager
  • Brian Moshoeshoe – Social Media Officer
  • Webster Lichaba – Head Scout
  • Freddy Khoza - Transport
  • Ricky Manna – Event and Security Supervisor
  • Koos Africa - Head of Security


Academy Staff:

  • Giancarlo Ballossinni – Academy Manager
  • Kwanele Kopo – Technical Assistant
  • Ricardo Katza – Under 19 coach
  • Simon Mkhabela – Under 15 coach
  • Innocent Mchunu – Sports Scientist
  • Muzwakhe Dladla – Academy Administrator
  • Bianca Mohlabane – Assistant Academy Administrator
  • Matthews Themba – Kit Manager
  • Sipho Nhlapo - Driver
  • Sphiwe Simelane - Caregiver
  • Girley Masekela - Caregiver
  • Christina Makobela - Caregiver
  • Fanny Kota - Caregiver
  • Mabel Mokari - Caregiver



 

 
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