Kaizer Chiefs face another third tier opponent in the second round of the Nedbank Cup. Here’s what we know about The Magic FC.
Kaizer Chiefs face yet another third-tier outfit in the Nedbank Cup on Sunday, as they take on Cape Town-based outfit, The Magic FC in Port Elizabeth on Sunday afternoon.
The Glamour Boys progressed to the last 16 after making heavy work of another second-division side in Tornado FC, who they beat 1-0 in extra time in Mdantsane in the first round.
They now turn their attention to the little-known side from the Mother City, who will be determined to add their name to the list of minnows who have bagged big scalps in the competition, and not many are bigger than the Soweto giants.
Formed in 2003, the club started out as the Old Mutual Academy but had to change their name as – according to their website – the loud association with the insurance giant may have chased away potential sponsors.
The Magic, however, still closely linked with the company, and continue to train and play home matches at Old Mutual Sports Club.
The switch seems to have brought about a bit of… ahem, magic to the Cape-based outfit, who have experienced an upward curve, as – along with improved performances in the ABC Motsepe League – they can count participation in the business end of the Nedbank Cup
among their honours.
The Magic FC fact file
League: ABC Motsepe League
Coach: David Kannemeyer
Player to watch: Therlo Moosa
Previous Nedbank Cup experience
The Magic FC are currently enjoying their best run in the Nedbank Cup, having previously featured in the competition in 2015, when they crashed out in the last 32.
On that occasion, they were drawn against Platinum Stars, who ran out 3-0 winners.
Their coach knows his way around Naturena
Head coach, David Kannemeyer will be quite familiar with the Kaizer Chiefs culture, as he spent four seasons with the Soweto giants during his playing days.
The former arrived at the club in 2001 from Ajax Cape Town, and left three years later, only just missing out on the arrival of Ernst Middendorp, who will be in the other dugout on Sunday.
Some familiar names on the bench…
They may be small fry, but they do have some members of their personnel who have played the game at the highest level.
Kannemeyer was a member of the SA Under-23 side that stunned Brazil in the Sydney Olympics in 2000, beating them 3-1, and went on to represent the senior national team 15 times.
Another former Bafana player in The Magic’s technical team is ex-striker George Dearnaly, who represented AmaZulu, Hellenic and Seven Stars back in the 1990s, earning three international caps.
Previously, the club was coached by Gerald Stober, who played for Santos, Hellenic and Orlando Pirates, turning out for times for South Africa during his playing days.
… as well as on the field
It will be up to the men on the field to carry out the instructions from the bench, and one of them will be former Mamelodi Sundowns and Bafana striker-turned-midfielder, Thando Mngomeni.
Now 35, the lanky player has returned to the city of his birth and will provide valuable experience, having played in the PSL for most of his professional career.
He will not be the only squad member to have played in the top flight, as striker Therlo Moosa was previously in the books of the Brazilians as well.
Other players who have turned out for top-flight clubs include Thabiso Thlapi, formerly of Orlando Pirates, Jerry Mxabo (Supersport United) and Nazier Jacobs (Polokwane City).
They sure aren’t short of confidence
Coming up against the country’s most successful team when you play in the amateur ranks may be daunting, but The Magic aren’t too perturbed by the prospect.
Kannemeyer says they are determined not to just make up the numbers, and has vowed to stun their more fancied opponents