Vasco Da Gama is a South African football club that is based on the Parow suburb, which is located in Cape Town. They played in National First Division, which is a second highest league of South African football club football.
NFD is just behind the Premier Soccer League (PSL). The club came from lower ranks so their roots were established by the local Portuguese South African community. They adopted the name and colours as well from the Brazilian club Club de Regatas Vasco da Gama. In 2016, the club ended as the franchise moved to Stellenbosch as Stellenbosch F.C.
They have a unique and interesting history so if you are a fan, it wouldn’t hurt to find out more fun facts about your club. In case you are not a fan, well, you might fell in love with this club after reading this.
You will find more interesting info on Soccer 10 about other clubs that play in the Premier Soccer League as well. Now that said, let’s move on the details about the history of the club.
History of Vasco Da Gama
To begin with, the club was established back in the 1980s with the name of famous Portuguese explorer Vasco da Gama. They were mainly a lower league club but later they won promotion to the National First Division in 2003 after they got crowned the champions of the Vodacom Second Division. De Gama’s first season of first division football went great and they finished 5th. They got the opportunity to build on their previous league performances and everything went uphill from that moment.
After a very successful season from 2005 to 2006, Da Gama featured in the promotional playoffs. They beat bush Bucks in the semi-final, however, lost in the playoffs against Benoni Premier Uniter team. Benoni Premier United had Bafana Bafana players Bernard Parker and Tsepo Masilela included in the game.
Later, in 2008, they won the Vodacom League and regained promotion into the National First Division one more time. Da Gama secured promotion to the Premier Soccer League when they won’t he match against Black Leopards 2-1 in a promotional play-off at Patow Park in 2010.
After a single season in the Premier Soccer League, Vasco finished 15th on the PSL log and lost the promotion/relegation playoffs. In the year 2014, on January 9th, Vasco played a friendly game against German Bundesliga VfB Stuttgart at Coetzenberg Stadium in Stellenbosch. They lost 5-0 after a brace from Mohammed Abdellaoue. Not to mention, the goals from Cacau, Martin Harnik and Vedad Ibišević. In 2016, the owner of the club, Mario Ferreira used the license of Vasco da gama fc and created a new club in Stellenbosch, Stellenbosch F.C. In case you want more detailed history, you can click here to check it out.
Beginning of Stellenbosch
Stellenbosch is a first club in the Absa Premiership that is based in Stellenbosch. Their home games are played at Coetzenburg Stadium and Idas Valley Stadium. As mentioned above, the club was formed in 2016, when the Premier Soccer League Executive Committee approved the application from National First Division side. Vasco da Gama got a name change and relocated from the Parow to Stellnebosch Academy of Sport.
Their first National First Division game was played on August 28th in 2016. Stanley Muishond scored the first goal in team history in a 3-1 loss against Mthatha Bucks. On December 1st, in 2016, Stellenbosch confirmed that one more person had joined Sammy Troughton in a joint-coach position, Steve Barker. Stellenbosch finished last in the mini-league, following an unsuccessful attempt to gain promotion to the Absa premiership which made them part ways with head coach Sammy Troughton.
When Stellies got into their second season in 2017, the team recorded ten wins and ten losses in the thirty matches of the season. They failed to qualify for the playoffs as they finished in the eighth place. In August of 2018, the Stellenbosch Academy of Sport purchased the Stellenbosch F.C. After that, the club seemed to operate much better. They confirmed their title victory in the final round of 2018/2019 National First Division and got promoted to the Absa Premiership with 0-0 draw against Maccabi FC.
One of the operating officers at the club stated that their name ‘Stellenbosch FC’ shows their intention of creating a club that symbolises the Cape Winelands community. They wish to build something special and take their community with them.
Vasco Da Gama Kit
Da Gama’s started with simple, black and white colours both on their home and away kits. Their home kit was simply white with a diagonal black line across their shirts. Vasco’s away kit is completely black, with a white diagonal line across the shirt, the exact opposite of home kit. Their crest was showing the ship which is a symbol of the famous Portuguese explorer they got their name from.
After that, when the club changed its name and location, they also completely changed their image. Their home kits are a mix of red and gold while away kits are completely white with just marks of their signature red and gold. Their crest has also got a complete turn and now features a bunch of grapes (this is because Stellenbosch is based within Cape Winelands District Municipality). The new kits and new crest go along with their new energy, which is much fiercer.
Let’s hope that their fire won’t stop burning and they will stay focused on their progress. Who knows what will next season bring for them as these guys seem like they are giving everything to this. Stellenbosch is the first-ever club to be sponsored by French sports manufacturers Lecoq Sportif in SA football history. So we can certainly expect great things from them.
In general, you need to know every player and get to know their style if you want to know how the team runs. In case you are a sports fan that likes betting, you will certainly put to good use the information about team members so you could predict the outcome of the game. For that reason, we will start with the team’s forwards. Those are Dickson Afoakwa, Ashley du Preez, Waseem Isaacs, Ryan Moon, Iqraam Rayners, Lelethu Skelem, Dillan Solomons and Deano van Rooyen.
The team’s midfielders are 24-year-old Junior Awono, Diego Franco Mares, Mpho Matsi, Jarrod Moroole, Tshireletso Motsogi, Chade Roman and Nkanyiso Zungu. The central defenders of the team are 26-year-old Mogamad de Goede, 36-year-old Morgan Gould (who is also the oldest member), Tristan Hanslo, Sibusiso Mthethwa, Inga Nyeleka and Alan Robertson. Now that said, let’s get to the fullbacks; Khristopher Bergman, Anzio Georgia, Bongane Mathabela, Zwelethu Ndlovu and Marc van Heerden. And finally, the goalkeepers; Boy de Jong, Lee Langeveldt and Keegan Pool.
However, this list is constantly changing, especially during transfer time. For that reason, keep your eye on it and follow the latest news. Check their performance in the video below to get a full insight into which players give the biggest contribution to the team. Then, you will easily fill your betting tickets and besides that, show off to your friends about your knowledge of history and players.
Vasco Da Gama Honours
As we all know, there are not many honours this club managed to get back then. With their new name and image, the club has changed as well for the better. However, they also had their moments when they were winning the tournaments and crushing everyone on the field. To begin with, in National First Division, they were the First Division Coastal Stream champions in the season 2009/2010.
Afterwards, in South African FA Second Division they managed to be National playoff winners in season 2002/2003 and 2007/2008. They were also Western Cape Stream champions in 2000/2001, 2002/2003 and 2007/2008. In Amateur Club Championship they were SA Amateur Club Championship winners from 1988 to 1990. After that, until Stellenbosch stepped into the game, they achieve much. In 2016, Stellenbosch came to the field and now we wait to see how will the situation develop for this team.
Their appearance in the Premier Soccer League is already a big step for them and now we can only wait and see what will happen. At this point, they are on a good path but there is a lot more they got to learn to go upscale in the PSL standings.
At this point, Stellenbosch is on the 15th spot in the standings, however, it is not the last spot. In the last place, there are AmaZulu’s with 3 losses and 2 ties. Stellenbosch had 3 losses and two ties as well, but the difference is in a number of goals. Stellie’s got 5 goals against while AmaZulu’s got 7. Maritzburg United got one place before them on the scale by having one game not played instead of a loss. Maritzburg also had fewer goals against, only 3.
In general, the only team that played so far without any losses are Mamelodi Sundowns but they are 5th on the scale and they haven’t played one game. At this point, the first place is taken by Kaizer Chiefs who lost the last game but their overall score is what keeps them high. They had 3 wins, one tie and one loss. Chiefs had 5 goals against but 7 goals for them so their final score is 10 points. Polokwane City is sharing the number of points and Bidvest Wits is following them with 9 points.
Bloemfontein Celtic has most goals for, which is 9 but also had 6 goals against. Not to mention, they had two losses and one tie. SuperSport United ended with 8 points and a 4th place. So far, it is hard to tell who will win but Stellenbosch will have to really put in the effort if we consider they only have 2 points so far. Certainly, there are still many matches to go so nobody can be certain in the outcome.
Managers throughout history
To begin with, the first of their managers was Carlos das Neves who is also a former South African football player. After him, the place was taken by Antonio “Tony” De Nobrega who is a football player as well, and he managed the team from June 14th, 2011 to June 5th, 2013. Not to mention, Tony managed the team from Premier Soccer League, Bloemfontein Celtic from February 2006 until April 2007. Afterwards, Keenin Lesch took over and kept the position from July 1st, 2013 to 2016.
Just after the club transformed into Stellenbosch, Samuel Edward Troughton took over. Samuel is born 27 March 1964 in Lisburn, Northern Ireland and he is former Northern Irish football player and nowadays, coach. He played for Glentoran Football Club and Wolverhampton Wanderers FC before he came to South Africa. At first, he played for Jomo Cosmos, then Mamelodi Sundowns and afterwards for Orlando Pirates. In general, he was included in many clubs so he earned a nickname „Special Branch”. In 1986, he returned to the Irish football for some time and played for Crusaders.
After he retired from football, Troughton decided to take in a coaching position. He coached mainly lower league sides like Pretoria University, Arcadia Shepherd and Durban Stars. Not to mention, he had a short experience with Orlando Pirates in coaching position in 1994. After that, he worked for the Free State Stars as an assistant coach. Samuel was retained as University of Pretoria manager for the start of the 2015–16 season. Later in 2016, he took charge of Vasco da Gama. In 2018, Troughton signed a two-year deal as the Head Coach of Witbank Spurs. Steve Robert Barker stepped in and took over the Stellenbosch at that point, keeping the position to this day.