Mpumalanga Black Aces, who play their home games at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit, are currently coached by Muhsin Ertugal. Amazayoni are based and train in Johannesburg but play their home games in the Mpumalanga capital. Founded in 1937 by dairy workers under the name Ukhumba Black Aces the club unfortunately folded in 2002 after finishing in 14th place in the National First Division inland stream.
The current team is the second incarnation after the Polokwane-based City Pillars license was purchased in December 2006 and the team was relocated to Limpopo from Witbank in time for the 2007/2008 season. Since then they have spent time in both the NFD and the Absa Premiership and for the first time in their history they have managed to stay in the top flight of South African football for two consecutive seasons and are hoping to make it a third this coming term. In the 2014/2015 campaign Aces recorded 34 points with seven wins, 13 draws and ten defeats finishing in 10th position – one of their best finishes in their history as a team.
Looking ahead to the new season Ertugral’s men have made some notable acquisitions in the form of Liberian international Kpah Sherman to bolster their strike force and Nkulukelo Tshangane from Kaizer Chiefs to aid at the back just to name a few. Just as they have added a few new faces they have released some of their stalwarts; Abia Nale, Miguel Timm and Valery Nahayo.* The club has also promoted some of their youngsters into the first team setup.
Based on his managerial stats the Turk looks like the man who can take this club to new heights and help them on their way to making a name for themselves in South African football. After an impressive previous campaign Amazayoni will be hoping to continue their momentum and seal another season of top flight football in South Africa. Aces kick off their league season at Free State Stars on Saturday.
*Correct as at 3 August 2015