Benfica FC in the spotlight this week

2017-12-06 06:02
Benfica Football Club want to end the season in the top five log standings. PHOTO:Supplied

Benfica Football Club want to end the season in the top five log standings. PHOTO:Supplied

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IN our weekly feature profiling clubs under the Edendale Football Association (EFA) we take a look at Benfica Football Club.

The newbies in the EFA, having only joined the association this year, were formed by local players in 2007.

The founders are Thulisani Latha, an assistant coach for a club in the national first division, Siyabonga and Sipho­ Nhlangothi and Xolani Khanyile.

“We were players for teams in the national first division at the time and would get together during the off-season over the festive season and organise tournaments that we and local young players would take part in.

“That is how our team came about,” said Khanyile.

The 20-man squad is based in Siyamu and is managed by Zwe Nhlangothi with Sduduzo Dlamini as chairperson and Lindo Mdladla as head coach.

Khanyile said though Benfica does not have an official sponsor, the assistance provided by Dlamini, currently in the Premier Soccer League, is beneficial to the team.

“He even helps some team players by buying them jerseys and he was the one who encouraged us to join the league so our players could keep fit,” Khanyile said.

The side’s current in-form player is jersey number 11, attacking mid-fielder Melokuhle Shandu, who has scored six goals in the club’s 13-game run in the season so far.

“When he is not in the starting line-up the club feels the pressure. His presence makes a difference, and he has made many assists with goals,” Khanyile said.

The club’s successes include winning seven tournaments in Caluza and in 2015 they won a tournament in Northdale.

“As newcomers we want to end the season in the top five of the log, but ultimately we want to win the league for two consecutive seasons and make enough money to move to indoor soccer because most of our players have aged and most of them are indoor soccer players,” Khanyile said.s

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