ROYAL EAGLES TAKE OFF
By: Sihle Ndebele
The Royal Eagles Football Club was officially launched at the Moses Mabhida Stadium’s Presidential Suite on Saturday.
This club is owned by the controversial Mpisane family and Sbu Mpisane is the Chairman of the club. The Eagles were previously known as Sivutsa Stars, hailing from Mpumalanga. When the Mpisane’s bought the club, they changed the name.
Chairman Sbu Mpisane said that he is very excited to see his dream come true.
“It has been my wish to have my own football team. Over the last three years I have been trying to get a football club but most owners were unwilling to sell.
Derrick Khoza is the man who sold us this club and I am very grateful to him for selling this wonderful club to us,” added Mpisane.
This Durban based outfit will be mentored by a coach who is no stranger to the National First Division, Duncan Lechesa, and has been coaching in the NFD for a number of years.
Lechesa himself promised that the Royal Eagles will be a force to be reckoned with come the new season.
“This is one of the clubs where I arrived and said okay everything is in place and the setup is very good in here. The chairman said that he gives me three years to take the club to the Premier Soccer League but I said no just give me two,” Lechesa stated.
The former FC Cape Town mentor also insisted that he will not sign old players because he believes in youngsters.
“Our player’s average age is 27 and I am very happy about that. I think the team is full of young players but some of them are tried and tested troops and because of that I see no reason to go all out for the old players because what I have now works, and the technical team agrees,” Lechesa said.
Lechesa’s side will be tested when they lock horns with Baroka in their first game of the NFD on 22 August.