Kaapstad Hornets (Cape Town Hornets) association football (soccer) club in Nordreich Liga was formed on September 21, 2009. The squad was originally "owned" by the Staatsregeringministrie vir Sport en Atletiese van Transvaal and managed by Bartnel Botha, the then-Minister for Sport & Athletics in Transvaal. On February 11, 2011, after the collapse of Transvaal [in CNRP], Bartnel Botha acquired the club and it has since then been under private ownership.
During the club's first six seasons from Season I until Season VI, the official club name was Noordrykse Voetbalklub Kaapstad Hornets (Cape Town Hornets Nordreich Football Club) - or NVK Kaapstad Hornets for short. On June 26, 2011, management dropped the NVK prefix and the team name became simply Kaapstad Hornets heading into Season VII.
The Hornets play all their home matches at Greenpoint Stadium (capacity 56,000) in Cape Town.
During Season I and Season II, their kit colours were yellow and black with white trim - with sweaters which were yellow with a black diagonal stripe and white trim. On March 23, 2010, new long-sleeve sweaters with horizontal yellow and black stripes were adopted for Season III. Shorts are black with yellow trim.
The club sponsor - like all Transvaler teams at the time - was Soundic Radio of Sweden. In June 2012 at the conclusion of Season X, Soundic Radio was dropped as the official sponser.
The Hornets' expansion roster included former Transvaal Springboks forward great Ricardo van Deinsen along with midfielder Dakarai Baako and goalkeeper Tafadzwa Masamba from Transvaal's UCFA Champions League squads. While Masamba struggled to secure a spot on the roster and departed after less than two months, both Van Deinsen and Baako saw their careers as leading players rejuvinated in the new Nordreich Liga. In later seasons, the Hornets would see former Transvaal Springboks prospect players Dingiswayo Ngwane and Hendrik van Schou sign contracts and reach stardom with the Hornets.
NVK Kaapstad Hornets played its first match, a 5-1 win, at Greenpoint Stadium in a friendly against The Scimitars on September 30, 2009; midfielder Regillio Sewnath scored the club's first-ever goal 15 minutes into the first-half.
The club's first league match was on October 7, 2009 when they were shutout 2-0 at home by Nordenstorm United. Three days later the club defeated The Scimitars by the score of 3-0 in the opening round of the Nordreich Cup with midfielder Izmir Jejaz scoring the first official competitive goal in the 26th minute of the match. Four days later the two clubs squared off again in league play and forward Bernie Forbes scored the Hornets' first league goal in the 8th minute on a header cross from fullback Eugene Tchami.
The squad's roster witnessed numerous changes made during the debut campaign and only 7 original players would last with the club throughout the entire season: goalkeeper Oskar Dietze, fullbacks Pius Tsheuma Songo’o, Anthony Davids, and Nbeko Sokoto, midfielders Dakarai Baako and Dean Hankers, and forward Ricardo van Deinsen.
The club played its first three seasons in Liga 1 but were demoted to Liga 2 for Season IV. They returned to Liga 1 the following season when the two divisions were combined.
By the start of Season V, only three players remained from the original expansion roster: goalkeeper Oskar Dietze, fullback Anthony Davids, and midfielder Dakarai Baako. Ricardo van Deinsen retired at the conclusion of Season IV while captain Dean Hankers was released prior to the start of Season V. Baako and Davids would depart the club due to retirement during the course of Season V - both playing in their final match on January 5, 2011 - leaving Dietze as the lone player from the original roster, continuing to be a part of the team until his retirement at the conclusion of Season XVIII after 18 seasons with the club and in the league.
Dingiswayo Ngwane became the first Hornet to gain legendary status when late in Season VII on August 31, 2011 he played in his 100th match. Early the following season, Eugene Tchami became the second Hornet to earn legendary status when he played 100th match on September 21, 2011. Midfielder Ernest Ebede played 100th match during Season VIII in a 6-0 rout of Valley Hillbillies on November 9, 2011. Ralf Handke played his 100th legendary match on January 11, 2012 at Langston F.C. while Stanley Miesiedjan played in his 100th legendary match exactly a week later in the re-match at home versus Langston F.C. Bernie Forbes became the first forward to earn legendary status with the Hornets when he played in his 100th match on May 2, 2012 during Season X.
Hendrik van Schou and Noukeu Keita earnt legendary status during the course of Season XI while Desmond Nghaamwa and Oskar Dietze would chalk up their 100th matches during the following season. With Dietze's induction to the Nordreich Liga Hall of Fame on October 17, 2012 as a legendary player, the Hornets became the first Nordreich Liga team to boast an all-legends starting line-up. Heinrich Heinz played in his 100th legendary match on December 1, 2012 when the Hornets defeated Zemo City Avengers 2-1 in the first leg of the Cup of Good Hope open tournament finals in Season XII.
Kaapstad Hornets clinched their second Nordreich Liga title in Season XII on the heels of a 4-0 victory at FC Limburg on December 5, 2012. Three days later they capped off their campaign by winning the Cup of Good Hope open tournament hosted by the club at Greenpoint Stadium.
Starting after a 4-2 loss to Zemo City Avengers on August 1, 2012, the Hornets launched into a golden age for the club - not losing a regular season game from that date until dropping a 3-1 decision against Moenchengladbach on January 23, 2013 which saw the club only losing 3 games (all cup meetings) and 2 draws (one during regular season and one cup). In Season XII they did not lose a single match during the regular season - their only losses coming during play for the Nordreich Cup.
During Season XIII, on January 16, 2013, in 6-0 regular season romp over Keville Athletic, midfielder Noukeu Keita scored a goal off a cornerkick set-play in the 83rd minute to become the first Hornet to reach 100 career points scored. The club picked up its second Nordreich Cup championship in Season XIII. Also during this season, Dingiswayo Ngwane played in his 200th bicentennial match on February 20, 2013.
Mid-way through Season XIV, Eugene Tchami played his 200th career match on April 27, 2013 in a 6-0 rout of Hells Cargo during the quarter-finals of the Nordreich Cup. The Hornets won their fourth cup later that season when they defeated Dorpat Lions 1-0 and 3-3 in the Kaiser Thor Open Cup.
Within one week of each other, during Season XV, Benin Ndiako and Ernest Ebede both played in their 200th career matches - on August 21 and August 28, 2013 respectively. Baas Jansens played in his 100th career match on September 11, 2013. The club won its third Nordreich Cup championship that same season.
Noukeu Keita played in his 200th career match during Season XVI on January 15, 2014, a 1-1 draw at Zellar Athletic. The following season, Keita then scored his 100th career goal - the first Hornet player to reach that mark - on May 17, 2014 when scored the game-tying goal off a freekick against the Dorpat Lions in the first-leg of their cup match in the Baron Zemo Open Cup quarter-finals.
During Season XIX, Dingiswayo Ngwane became the first Hornet player to appear in 300 games. This occured on November 12, 2014 in a match against Dorpat Lions, the exact same day Desmond Nghaamwa played in his 200th bicentennial match himself. The conclusion of Season XIX, easily the worst campaign in the club's history, saw the passing of an era as three legendary greats left the club. Dingiswayo Ngwane and Stanley Miesiedjan both retired on January 16, 2015 while Ralf Handke was released the same day when his contract was not renewed by management. At the same time, Desmond Nghaamwa and Benin Ndiako both announced that Season XX would be their last as players.
League Record by SeasonEdit
|NVK Kaapstad Hornets|
|Nordreich Liga I||Oct-Jan 2010||NL1||14||8||1||5||31||22||9||25||4th/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga II||Jan-Mar 2010||NL1||10||5||2||3||20||13||7||17||3rd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga III||Mar-Aug 2010||NL1||20||7||3||10||33||40||-7||24||7th/11||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga IV||Sep-Nov 2010||NL2||10||8||0||2||32||11||21||24||2nd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga V||Dec-Apr 2011||NL1||18||11||0||7||42||35||7||33||5th/10||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga VI||Apr-Jun 2011||NL1||10||6||0||4||26||21||5||18||3rd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga VII||Jun-Sep 2011||NL1||10||5||0||5||28||26||2||15||3rd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga VIII||Sep-Nov 2011||NL1||10||6||0||4||22||19||3||18||3rd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga IX||Nov-Mar 2012||NL1||12||7||1||4||36||23||13||22||3rd/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga X||Mar-Jun 2012||NL1||14||11||1||2||51||22||29||34||2nd/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XI||Jun-Aug 2012||NL1||10||8||0||2||36||14||22||24||1st/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XII||Sep-Dec 2012||NL1||10||8||0||2||36||14||22||24||1st/6||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XIII||Dec-Apr 2013||NL1||14||10||0||4||47||19||28||30||3rd/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XIV||Apr-Jul 2013||NL1||12||9||1||2||45||15||30||28||2nd/7||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XV||Jul-Nov 2013||NL1||16||14||0||2||63||19||44||42||2nd/9||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XVI||Dec-Mar 2014||NL1||14||8||3||3||35||22||13||27||3rd/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XVII||Mar-Jun 2014||NL1||14||7||1||6||39||39||0||22||5th/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XVIII||Jul-Oct 2014||NL1||14||7||1||6||44||43||1||22||5th/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XIX||Nov-Jan 2015||NL1||14||3||1||10||27||49||-22||10||7th/8||Bartnel Botha|
|Nordreich Liga XX||Jan-Apr 2015||NL1||14||2||2||10||28||47||-19||8||7th/8||Bartnel Botha|
Cup Record by SeasonEdit
Includes regular season and cup matches; * indicates player retired with club
|CAREER STATISTICS (Seasons 1-20)|
|Hendrik van Schou||MF||18||25-May-10||current||259||48||82||130||28||2||0||21|
|*Ricardo van Deinsen||F||4||21-Sep-09||17-Nov-10||44||25||8||33||5||2||0||10|
|Stone Oluwa Yabeme||F||5||03-Feb-14||current||41||11||1||12||6||0||0||0|
|Pius Tsheuma Songo’o||D||3||21-Sep-09||08-Aug-10||34||2||6||8||9||0||0||4|
|Didier N’gok Songo’o||D||4||08-Aug-10||21-Jun-11||25||1||2||3||6||0||0||1|
|Johan de Visser||MF||1||02-Feb-15||current||10||0||3||3||2||0||0||0|
|Waldemar da Costa||F||1||10-Dec-11||03-Mar-12||5||1||0||1||1||0||0||0|
|Djambek Tchuem Mshonga||GK||11||09-Apr-12||current||67||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
|Mosely Nlend Wome||GK||1||02-Oct-09||17-Jan-10||8||0||0||0||1||0||0||0|
|Sturton Le Steeple||MF||1||17-Jan-10||26-Jan-10||1||0||0||0||0||0||0||0|
Great Hornet playersEdit
- Baas Jansens - forward, wears #23 jersey. He signed with the team during Season VII. Jansens became the club's leading forward at the start of Season XV and played in his 100th legendary match during that same season, in a 3-1 loss at Dorpat Lions on September 11, 2013.
- Heinrich Heinz - midfielder, wear #22 jersey and has played with the team since Season V when he was promoted from the junior team as a 16-year-old graduate. Although primarally trained as a freekicker, Heinz was used occasionally during Season X as an alternate playmaker and saw impressive success when playing in that role. He struggled with two major injuries during the course of Season XI but nevertheless managed to put up impressive stats numbers. Heinz played in his 100th legendary match on December 1, 2012 when the Hornets defeated Zemo City Avengers 2-1 in the first leg of the Cup of Good Hope open tournament finals. He reach his next century mark in Season XIX when he appeared in his 200th game on October 25, 2014.
- Noukeu Keita - midfielder, wears #16 jersey and has played with the team since Season IV when he was promoted from the junior team. He has been one of the best, up-and-coming midfielders seen in the league since Season VII. On January 16, 2013 during a 6-0 regular season romp over Keville Athletic, Keita scored a goal off a cornerkick set-play in the 83rd minute - becoming the first Hornet to reach 100 career points scored. Evolving into the team's greatest and dominant offensive player, Keita was leading the team in point scoring by just his third season when he topped the scoring charts for the Hornets in Season VII. He would again lead the team in scoring in Season XI, Season XI and from Season XIII for the next three seasons. Keita played in his 200th bicentennial match during Season XVI on January 15, 2014, a 1-1 draw at Zellar Athletic. Two major injuries occurring in February and March 2014 seriously hampered his performance on the field as his points production dropped from 21 scored the season before in Season XV down to just 4 points in the wake of his rehabilitation and recovery. He was named the Hornets' captain prior to the start of Season XVII. That season, Keita scored his 100th career goal - the first Hornet player to reach that mark - on May 17, 2014 when scored the game-tying goal off a freekick against the Dorpat Lions in the first-leg of their cup match in the Baron Zemo Open Cup quarter-finals. On July 1, 2015 versus Dorpat Lions, in one of his greatest career performances, Keita scored 4 goals in a 36-minutes span - including a natural hat-trick within 16 minutes. He did all his damage to Dorpat in the first 40 minutes of the match as the previously-winless Hornets routed the Lions 5-1 at Greenpoint Stadium for their first win of the regular season.
- Eric Ngassam - midfielder, wears #13. Possesing a hard, accurate shot and strong stamina, he was promoted from the junior team as a 19-year-old prospect in Season X on March 6, 2012. Ngassam played in his 100th match on October 22, 2014 during the course of Season Season XIX.
- Walter Rasmussen - goalkeeper, wears #30 jersey. Rasmussen signed with the club as a free agent during Season VII as a replacement for aging-veteran Wollo Schampa. Blessed with a hardworking ethic and able to maintain his cool under pressure, Rasmussen is an ace with picking off the air balls and crosses. He was named the starting goalkeeper, at age 29, heading into Season XVII
- Willi ‘Subbie’ Strijdom - fullback, wears #6 jersey and has played with the team since Season V when he was promoted from the junior team. On any other team he would be a starting, star defender - but he acquired the nickname Substitute Legend or Subbie as he had to content himself with playing in the long shadows of the Big Three (Tchami, Ngwane, and Ndiako) fullback legends. Strijdom played in his 100th legendary match on July 3, 2013 during a 3-0 win over Zharr Nagrund Ziggurats. When Eugene Tchami was moved to the reserves prior to the start of Season XVII, Strijdom finally saw himself, at age 31 and after a dozen seasons watching from the wings, finally promoted to the starting line on the Hornets' defense.
- Hendrik van Schou - midfielder, wears #20 jersey. Joining the club during Season III, Van Schou has been one of the most overlooked and low-key players on the team, yet a consistent and steadying factor on the Hornets midfield. Prior to joining the Nordreich Liga, he played one season in Liga Mundo with the Transvaal Springboks, appearing 5 games during Liga Mundo Season 7 in which he scored 1 goal and 1 assist. After being cut by the Springboks, he briefly returned to junior football until being promoted to the Hornets a month and a half later. He was inducted to the Nordreich Liga Hall of Fame as honourary member on June 15, 2012. Van Schou played his 100th legendary match on June 27, 2012 during Season XI. He scored his 100th career point, an assist, during Season XVI on February 8, 2014 in a 4-3 loss to Dorpat Lions. He played in his 200th career match during Season XVII as a substitute entering the game in the 92nd minute in the Hornets' 4-1 win over Vinland Berserkers on April 2, 2014.
- Cliff Winfield - midfielder, wears #10 jersey. A calm player with a hard, booming shot, Winfield was signed in Season X for $290,000. He appeared in his 100th legendary match during Season XIX on December 10, 2014.
- Oskar Dietze – goalkeeper; wore #1 jersey and played with the team from Season I through until the end of Season XVIII. He was the very first player to sign with the club, and the first player to sign with the Nordreich Liga. As goalkeeper, Dietze also conceded the very first goal scored in the Nordreich Liga when Herman Ólafsson of Nordenstorm United potted the ball past him close in the crease during the debut match for the league on October 7, 2009. After the departure of Dakarai Baako on January 19, 2011 during Season V, Dietze become the sole remaining player from the club's original expansion roster. He was the starting goalkeeper for the first two seasons until Wollo Schampa signed with the club prior to the start of Season III, relegating him to back-up duties. Starting in Season VII, Dietze returned to duties as the starting keeper. He was inducted as an honourary member of the Nordreich Liga Hall of Fame on June 15, 2012. He gained legendary status when he played in his 100th match on October 17, 2012. When Sven-Östein Haraldsson, midfielder with Zemo City Avengers, was released early on in Season XII on September 24, 2012, Oskar Dietze became the last player in the entire league from the original expansion rosters. He relinquished his position as starting keeper at the conclusion of Season XVI. At the start of Season XVIII, Dietze announced that it would be his final campaign and he took on a back-up role behind Djambek Tchuem Mshonga. He was given the start in the final match of the season, against visiting Zemo City Avengers - the very same team he had debuted against 18 seasons before in the first-ever Nordreich Liga match. In the 85th minute, the legendary Zemo City Avengers fullback Yosef Triestsch entered play as a substitute in what would end up being a 5-3 win for the visitors. At the conclusion of the match, the two men received a standing ovation from the sell-out crowd at Greenpoint Stadium as the two famous legends then ran a victory lap together around the pitch for one last time before their retirements. Oskar Dietze retired with 162 games to his credit with the Hornets. He had a 63% career save average and 19% average on penalty saves. He was named to the X11 Teams at total of 25 times. His best season came during Season XII when he appeared in a career-high 14 matches that season and had a career-high 76% save average.
- Dakarai Baako – midfielder; wore #7 jersey and played with the team from Season I until Season V. One of the first bonafide stars of Transvaler soccer, Baako began his playing career for Transvaal in the UCFA Champions League 1 in October 2007. After 24 matches played in the UCFA Champions League system, in January 2008 he left Transvaal and signed with domestic side Dempo Futebol Club of Glanj in PDSAR where he played a handful of matches. Involved through blackmail in a smuggling ring operating between PDSAR, Angola, and Transvaal, he claimed asylum in PDSAR until deported to Transvaal in February 2008. Baako was formally accused by the government of smuggling but charges later dropped. He then retired from soccer and went into national politics to redeem his name. Baako was elected to the post of African paramount chief from May to November 2008. Baako came out of retirement and resumed his playing career with Windhoek Welwitschia of the Vedder League in January 2009 but was released after just 1 match. He then signed with Transvaal Springboks of Liga Mundo but only lasted 3 games with the team, scoring one goal before he was let go in May 2009. He finally returned to his previous form when he signed with the Hornets in September of 2009. While older Transvaler fans still have fond memories of him starring in the UCFA Champions League, to the younger generation of fans Baako is only known for his playing exploits and leadership with the Hornets. To date, Baako is the only player to suit up for all three professional clubs in Transvaal as well as play in the four CNRP tournaments (UCFA Champions League, FIFOB Alliance Cup, Cup of Nations, and Transvaal World Cup) – a feat that can never be repeated. Baako retired during the middle of Season V; he played his final match on January 5, 2011 and was released by the club two weeks later. Even three seasons along after his retirement and heading into Season VIII, Baako's career totals for points (42) and assists (24) were still topping the club records - not matched until October 8, 2011 when Ernest Ebede picked up an assist to equal Baako for both points and assists.
- Ricardo van Deinsen - forward; wore jersey #10 and played from Season I until Season IV when he retired at the age of 35. Prior to coming out of retirement to sign with Kaapstad, he played in Liga Mundo for Transvaal Springboks from Season 1 through Season 5 and lead the club to the championship in his final season. He played a career total of 128 matches over 8 seasons in Liga Mundo and Nordreich Liga. At the time of his departure from the Hornets, he lead the club in career goals scored with 25 and was second in career points with 33. He played his final match on October 17, 2010 and officially retired exactly one month later.
- Anthony Davids - fullback; wore #2 jersey and played with the team from Season I until Season V. His best campaigns were in Season III and Season IV. He announced his retirement heading into Season V and saw his playing time diminish as he spent most of the season in the role of substitute - however he also took on the role of co-captain in his final season. He was released by the club on January 5, 2011 after playing in his final match earlier that day against Dorpat Lions. At the time of his departure, he was tied for fourth-place in career games played (56) and in second-place for X11 Team selections with 40.
- Tusker Doumbé - goalkeeper. Doumbé joined the team in Season II and spent the next 7 of 8 seasons as the back-up goalkeeper with the Hornets. His best season was Season VIII when he had a team-leading 82% save percentage in 3 regular season games and 3 cup games. He played 45 matches for the Hornets including a high of 10 regular-season matches in Season V in which he was the starting goalkeeper. However, he generally found himself in the reserve spot playing in the long shadows of Oskar Dietz and Wollo Schampa – never able to get the break he needed to permanently secure the starting position. He was sold on March 6, 2012 just prior to the start of Season X. Doumbé would later find his way back to a Bartnel Botha-managed team when he signed (four seasons later, at age 30) with the expansion Congo-Stars Brazzaville in the African Premier League on January 27, 2013 for $2,885,800. He would play 7 seasons in the African Premier League and his cool, hardworking style helped lay the foundations for the Congo Stars in their rise to the top division. He appeared in 60 career APL matches (totaling 5,348 minutes) with a 69% save average, 57% save percentage on penalties, and 9 shutouts; he also scored 4 goals from penalty kicks. At age 37 and close to retirement, Doumbé was released at the conclusion of Season 21 in the African Premier League.
- Sipho Griekwa - forward, wore #12 jersey and played with the team for 10 seasons from Season I, when he was promoted from the junior team, until Season X. Noted for his speed and toughness - as well as his ability on freekicks - during the latter part of his career, Griekwa was chronically plagued by major injuries. He endured at least one major injury in each of his last four seasons and he was released by the club on March 28, 2012 after suffering yet another injury against Keville Athletic. At the time of his retirement with the Hornets, he was the club's third-highest points scorer (49) and leading goal scorer (41). His best seasons were Season VII and Season VIII when he reached career-highs for points (9) and goals (7) in a season.
- Dean Hankers - midfielder; wore jersey #23 and played from Season I until Season IV when he was released during the off-season. He is mostly remembered now for being the team's first-ever captain during his four seasons with the club. At the time of his departure, he was fourth in career games played (55), second in career assists (12), and tied for fourth in career points (15). His final match was played on November 7, 2010 against Nacional CF.
- Bernie Forbes - forward, wore #14 – He played 14 seasons with the club from Season I until midway through Season XIV. Forbes scored the Hornets’ first league goal on October 14, 2009. He became the team's first legendary forward, achieving that distinction during Season X when he played his 100th match on May 2, 2012. Equipped with a hard shot and adept with the headers, Bernie Forbes led all Kaapstad forwards in career games played (155) while ranked in at 4th overall in goals scored (48), 10th in career assists (19), and 9th in points scoring (67) while making the X11 Team 15 times. A somewhat streaky player in terms of production, he led all Kaapstad forwards for points during Season VI - although his best seasons with the Hornets came during Season X and Season XII when he scored 10 points and 9 and 8 goals respectively. He was released by the club on June 5, 2013 after seeing a reduction of playing time during Season XIV.
- Eugene Tchami - fullback, wore #3 jersey and played with the team from Season I when he was promoted from the junior team until his retirement at the conclusion of Season XVII. Tchami picked up the Hornets' first assist in league play when he set-up Bernie Forbes from a headed, cross pass to scored the Hornets' first league goal on October 14, 2009. He was the team captain from the middle of Season V until the end of Season VIII. Tchami became the second Hornet to earn legendary status when he played 100th match on September 21, 2011. He played his 200th bicentennial match during Season XIV on April 27, 2013. During his lengthy career, he picked up numerous league finishes for X11 Teams: tied 2nd in X11 in Season II (8), tied 4th in X11 in Season III (10), tied 3rd in X11 in Liga 2 in Season IV (7), tied 5th in X11 in Season VIII (6), and tied 4th in X11 in Season XII (8). He was named to the Nordeich Liga all-star teams in Season II, Season III, Liga 2 all-star team in Season IV, Season X and Season XI. In Season VII, Ken Norman of Dorpat Lions edged out Eugene Tchami for Liga MVP honours - who led the league in X11 selection but ultimately was hampered by injury, sub-par form and a less than stellar performance overall by the Hornets. He announced that Season XVII would be his final season and took on a substitute role on the defensive line. He played in his final match on June 25, 2014 when the Big Three fullbacks of Tchami, Ngwane, and Ndiako started together for the last time - although Tchami was forced to leave the match in the 84th minute due to an injury. At the time of his retirement, Eugene Tchami was ranked in 2nd place for career matches (256) and 2nd place in career X11 Team selections (144) with the Hornets. He scored 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points.
- Ernest Ebede - midfielder, wore #9 jersey and played with the team for 18 seasons from Season I, when he was promoted as a walk-on starter from the junior team late in the season, through into Season XVIII. Despite some set-backs due to injuries in Season VIII, he became the leading career points and career assist leader with the club after he matched Dakarai Baako's totals on October 8, 2011. Ebede also played his legendary 100th match during Season VIII as the Hornets routed the Valley Hillbillies 6-0 on November 9, 2011 - unfortunately leaving the match due to a minor injury in the final ten minutes. He dealt with further major injuries during Season XI and then Season XII which saw him miss the the last month of the season. Ernest Ebede played his 200th career match during Season XV on August 28, 2013. He played his final game - his only one during Season XVIII - on July 30, 2014. Having entered the season after announcing his impending retirement, he was released by the club on August 10, 2014 - at the age of 37 - after 18 seasons and 245 games played. An ace with scoring close in the penalty box, Ebede scored 52 goals in his career - placing him 7th in goals for the club. He had 65 assists to his name which gave him a total of 117 points; he was tied for 5th in career points for the Hornets. He was a star prospect in his early seasons while playing alongside the great Dakarai Baako but was eclipsed by Noukeu Keita by Season VII. His best campaigns came in Season V, Season X, Season XV and Season XVI when he reached career high totals for goals, assists, or points. Despite his lengthy career he never managed to make any all-star teams although he led the Hornets for scoring in Season V and finished 2nd in team scoring in 4 other seasons.
- Dingiswayo Ngwane - fullback, wore #5 jersey and played with the team for 19 seasons from Season I through until the end of Season XIX. Previous to joining the Hornets, he played 9 games with the Transvaal Springboks during Liga Mundo Season 5 and Liga Mundo Season 6. He was released to the Hornets on November 19, 2009 and signed for $2,581,000. In Season VII, Ngwane played in his 100th match on August 31, 2011 - becoming the first Hornet to gain legendary status. He was named team captain at the start of Season IX and held that role until the end of Season XVI when he relinquished it to Noukeu Keita. Ngwane played in his 200th bicentennial match on February 20, 2013. He reached his peak ability during Season XVI but serious injuries in December 2013 that kept him on the sidelines for almost four weeks would cause his performance to slide for the rest of the season as he recovered. During Season XIX, Dingiswayo became the first Hornet player to appear in 300 games. This occurred on November 12, 2014 in a match against Dorpat Lions, the exact same day Desmond Nghaamwa reached the his 200th bicentennial match. Ngwane quickly developed into the marquee fullback for the Hornets. By the time he reached 21, he found himself becoming a mainstay on the first of many all-stars teams in Season III. He was named to the Liga 2 all-star team in Season IV - followed by all-star teams in the following 9 seasons. He missed making the all-stars in Season XIV but appeared on it for one last time the following season. His appearance on the Season XI all-star team was especially memorable for him as his defensive line-mates Eugene Tchami and Benin Ndiako also joined him as all-stars that season. Regarded by most fans as the greatest fullback in all of Transvaal football, Dingiswayo Ngwane played more games than any other Kaapstad player with his 303 Nordreich Liga matches under his belt - and only 1 match short for tying Stien van Buyten's all-time career number of games played in Transvaal football with 312 games played in both leagues. He potted home 56 goals - most of them off penalty kicks - and had 33 assists to end up with 89 points to his name in the Nordreich Liga.
- Ralf Handke - midfielder, wore #26 jersey. An Austrian import, he signed with the team midway through Season II and remained with the club for 18 seasons. Handke played his 100th legendary match on January 11, 2012 in Season IX. The following season he achieved his only appearance on the goal-scoring charts when he finished tied 5th with 6 goals. He played in his 200th match during Season XV on September 25, 2013 - in a 2-1 win over Zemo City Avengers at Greenpoint Stadium, in which he picked up one assist. Handke was released at the conclusion of Season XIX on January 16, 2015 when his contract was not renewed by management. Not generally regarded as one of the more prolific scorers for the Hornets, his long career nevertheless saw him finish high for placement in the club record books. Handke was armed with deadly accuracy on spot kicks and he often filled the role of freekick expert and occasional penalty taker. He also possess formidable stamina which contributed to his lengthy career. At the time of his departure, at the age of 38, Ralf Handke was ranked 5th in career matches played (263), career goals (58), and career points (123) and 4th in career assists (65) with Kaapstad.
- Stanley Miesiedjan - midfielder, wore #8 jersey and played with the team for 17 seasons from Season III until his retirement at the conclusion of Season XIX. On January 18, 2012, Miesiedjan played in his 100th legendary match. He scored his 100th career point near the end of Season XIV. That same season, on June 19, 2013, he played his 200th bicentennial match. Until the rise of Noukeu Keita, Stanley Miesiedjan had been the Hornets' strongest player on the midfield although a quiet force in that he rarely received the recognition, respect, or attention from outside the club. His talent with the headers and his quick speed made him a consistent threat and a solid playmaker for the Hornets. He suffered through a string of serious injuries during Season XVIII which slowed him down considerably and resulted in him opting for a reserve role. After committing to one season as a reserve midfielder, Miesiedjan declared his intention to retire at the end of his 17th season in the league. At the time of his retirement, he was ranked 2nd in career matches (276) with the club. He finished 4th in career goals (66), 3rd in career assists (70), and 2nd in career points (136) for the Hornets. Stanley Miesiedjan did manage to chalk up some league merits here and there during the span of his career. He finished 2nd in assists (4) in Liga 2 during Season IV. Two seasons later, he led the league in assists (6) and finished 2nd in points (9) which earned him a place on the all-star team in Season VI - the only instance he was named to the all-stars. Later, in Season XIII he finished the season tied 4th in scoring with 7 goals.
- Desmond Nghaamwa - forward, wore #11 jersey and played 20 seasons with the team since the mid-point of Season I when he was promoted from the junior team until until Season XX. Hailing from Namibia, Desmond Nghaamwa was one of the fastest players to play for the Hornets and was very adept with headers and air balls. During Season XI, he finished third in Liga goal-scoring and was named to the all-star team. He was inducted as honourary member of the Nordreich Liga Hall of Fame on June 15, 2012. Nghaamwa played in his 100th legendary match on September 29, 2012. He had a break-out campaign in Season XII in which he scored 13 goals and earned his second season named to the all-star team. During Season XIV, Nghaamwa found himself sidelined from a major injury. Nghaamwa scored his 100th career point, an assist, during Season XVI on February 1, 2014 in a 5-4 win over Zharr Nagrund Ziggurats. During Season XIX, Desmond Nghaamwa reached the his 200th bicentennial match on November 12, 2014 in a match against Dorpat Lions - the exact same day that Dingiswayo Ngwane became the first Hornet player to appear in 300 games. He reached 20 consecutive seasons when he played in his one and only match during Season XX - scoring his 95th and final goal when he started on February 4, 2015. He was released just over a month later on March 6, 2015. Desmond Nghaamwa appeared in a total of 202 games, ranking him 10th in career matches with the club and the most games played by any forward on the team. His 95 goals placed him 2nd in club totals and he lead all forwards with 121 career points. He was one of only four players who played in Season I to reach 20 seasons in the Nordreich Liga. His best campaign occurred in Season XII when he scored 13 goals and 16 points for career, personal highs in both categories.
- Benin Ndiako - fullback, wore #6 jersey and played in 19 seasons with the team since promotion from the junior team duirng Season II until his retirement at the conclusion of Season XX. As a junior graduate, he made an immediate impact on the team by securing a starting role on the defense by the end of his first full season of play. Easily the most versatile positional player to put on a Hornets sweater, Ndiako played a multi-purpose role as the primary freekicker for the team as well as an alternate midfield playmaker on occasion. In Season IV he co-shared the Golden Boot Award for most goals scored during the regular season. Despite battling ijuries during the season, Benin Ndiako played in his 200th career match during Season XV on August 21, 2013. He made his final appearance on April 29, 2015 when he entered the game as a substitute in the 58th minute. He played in 282 career matches - the second-most for the Hornets. He led all fullbacks on the team for scoring with 86 goals and 45 assists. He was named to X11 team selections 83 times - good enough to rank him in 4th place on the team. Statistically, he best seasons were Season IX and Season XIII although his Golden Boot in his third season garnered him attention as he teamed up with Dingiswayo Ngwane and Eugene Tchami to become the best fullback line ever to take to the field in the history of Transvaal football.
- Nordreich Liga Season I to Nordreich Liga Season IV - Dean Hankers (midfielder)
- Nordreich Liga Season V - Anthony Davids (fullback) & Eugene Tchami (fullback)
- Nordreich Liga Season VI to Nordreich Liga Season VIII - Eugene Tchami (fullback)
- Nordreich Liga Season IX to Nordreich Liga Season XVI - Dingiswayo Ngwane (fullback)
- Nordreich Liga Season XVII to present - Noukeu Keita (midfielder)
|GOALKEEPER LINE-UPS BY SEASON|
|SEASON||STARTING GOALKEEPER||BACK-UP GOALKEEPER|
|Nordreich Liga I||Oskar Dietze||Mosely Nlend Wome|
|Nordreich Liga II||Oskar Dietze||Tusker Doumbé|
|Nordreich Liga III||Wollo Schampa||Oskar Dietze|
|Nordreich Liga IV||Wollo Schampa||Oskar Dietze|
|Nordreich Liga V||Tusker Doumbé||Oskar Dietze|
|Nordreich Liga VI||Oskar Dietze||Wollo Schampa|
|Nordreich Liga VII||Oskar Dietze||Tusker Doumbé|
|Nordreich Liga VIII||Oskar Dietze||Tusker Doumbé|
|Nordreich Liga IX||Oskar Dietze||Tusker Doumbé|
|Nordreich Liga X||Oskar Dietze||Walter Rasmussen|
|Nordreich Liga XI||Oskar Dietze||Walter Rasmussen|
|Nordreich Liga XII||Oskar Dietze||Walter Rasmussen|
|Nordreich Liga XIII||Oskar Dietze||Walter Rasmussen|
|Nordreich Liga XIV||Oskar Dietze||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga|
|Nordreich Liga XV||Oskar Dietze||Walter Rasmussen|
|Nordreich Liga XVI||Oskar Dietze||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga|
|Nordreich Liga XVII||Walter Rasmussen||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga|
|Nordreich Liga XVIII||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga||Oskar Dietze|
|Nordreich Liga XIX||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga||Kosoko Konyegwachie|
|Nordreich Liga XX||Djambek Tchuem Mshonga||Walter Rasmussen|
Club record bookEdit
- Most goals in one season: 16 goals - Noukeu Keita (Season XIV)
- Most assists in one season: 11 assists - Hendrik van Schou (Season XVIII)
- Most points in one season: 23 points - Noukeu Keita (Season XIV)
- Most X11 selections in one season: 19 X11 - Dingiswayo Ngwane (Season XII)
- Most season: 20 seasons - Desmond Nghaamwa (Season I to Season XX)
- Most career matches: 303 games - Dingiswayo Ngwane
- Most career goals: 124 goals - Noukeu Keita (end of Season XX; on-going record)
- Most career assists: 83 assists - Noukeu Keita (end of Season XX; on-going record)
- Most career points: 207 points - Noukeu Keita (end of Season XX; on-going record)
- Most career X11 selections: 183 X11 - Dingiswayo Ngwane
- Nordreich Cup VIII: Bay Carter, Oskar Dietze, Tusker Doumbé, Ernest Ebede, Bernie Forbes, Sipho Griekwa, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Baxter Maye, Stanley Miesiedjan, Benin Ndiako, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Walter Rasmussen, Hendrik van Schou, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Lorenzo Wiebolt
- Season XI Championship: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Bernie Forbes, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Niklaas McCarthy, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Mngomesotho Qwaqwa, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- Season XII Championship: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Bernie Forbes, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Niklaas McCarthy, Jimmy McIntyre, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- Season XII: Cup of Good Hope: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Bernie Forbes, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Niklaas McCarthy, Jimmy McIntyre, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- Nordreich Cup XIII: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Bernie Forbes, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Niklaas McCarthy, Jimmy McIntyre, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- Season XIV: Kaiser Thor Open Cup: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Benni Maasie, Niklaas McCarthy, Jimmy McIntyre, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Nigel Niapat, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Kurt Thompson, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- Nordreich Cup XV: Oskar Dietze, Ernest Ebede, Ralf Handke, Heinrich Heinz, Baas Jansens, Noukeu Keita, Benni Maasie, Niklaas McCarthy, Jimmy McIntyre, Stanley Miesiedjan, Djambek Tchuem Mshonga, Benin Ndiako, Eric Ngassam, Desmond Nghaamwa, Dingiswayo Ngwane, Nigel Niapat, Walter Rasmussen, Willi Strijdom, Eugene Tchami, Kurt Thompson, Hendrik van Schou, Cliff Winfield
- EXPANSION ROSTER (September 21, 2008): Glen Autar, Dakarai Baako, Charly Braaf, Anthony Davids, Oskar Dietze, Dean Hankers, Etienne Hindenberg, Jimmy Horb, Benny Juliaans, Tafadzwa Masamba, Winston Plato, Kiran Reiziger, Regillio Sewnath, Dawson Silvin, Nbeko Sokoto, Pius Tsheuma Songo’o, Ricardo van Deinsen, and Chifarat Wouters.
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Eugene Tchami (junior prospect) signed on September 28, 2009; Harald Heidrich signed ($146,100) as free agent on September 30, 2009; Charly Braaf released September 30, 2009; Izmir Jejaz signed ($263,100) as free agent on October 1, 2009; Jimmy Horb and Kiran Reiziger released October 1, 2009; Mosely Nlend Wome (junior prospect) signed on October 2, 2009; Otto Getzlaf signed ($300,000) as free agent on October 4, 2009; Glen Autar released on October 7, 2009; Bernie Forbes signed ($238,100) as free agent on October 8, 2009; Winston Plato and Regillio Sewnath released October 15, 2009; Jaouad Nasser signed ($595,300) as free agent on October 18, 2009; Sipho Griekwa (junior prospect) signed on October 23, 2009; Etienne Hindenberg and Dawson Silvin released October 24, 2009; Gbeke Tshwonga signed ($299,100) as free agent on October 25, 2009; Ian Smith signed ($595,300) as free agent on October 27, 2009; Tafadzwa Masamba released November 8, 2009; Desmond Nghaamwa (junior prospect) signed on November 8, 2009; Chifarat Wouters sold for $770,371 on November 11, 2009; Benny Juliaans sold for $924,000 on November 19, 2009; Dingiswayo Ngwane signed ($2,581,000) as free agent on November 19, 2009; Ernest Ebede (junior prospect) signed on November 22, 2009
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Harald Heidrich released January 10, 2010; Tusker Doumbé (junior prospect) signed on January 10, 2010; Jaouad Nasser sold for $747,348 on January 13, 2010; John Reynolds signed ($149,600) as free agent on January 14, 2010; Mosely Nlend Wome sold for $154,476 on January 17, 2010; Sturton Le Steeple (junior prospect) signed on January 17, 2010; Sturton Le Steeple released January 26, 2010; Ralf Handke signed ($595,300) as free agent on January 27, 2010; Nbeko Sokoto released February 24, 2010; Benin Ndiako (junior prospect) signed on February 24, 2010
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Izmir Jejaz released March 24, 2010; Stanley Miesiedjan (junior prospect) signed on March 24, 2010; Otto Getzlaf sold for $2,016,000 on March 27, 2010; Wollo Schampa signed ($4,000,000) as free agent on March 29, 2010; John Reynolds sold for $100,380 on April 18, 2010; Omar Poerwonjoto (junior prospect) signed on April 18, 2010; Ian Smith released May 1, 2010; Einar Smarason acquired from Zemo City Avengers for $1,400,000 on May 1, 2010; Gbeke Tshwonga sold for $225,120 on May 14, 2010; Hendrik van Schou (junior prospect) signed on May 25, 2010; Omar Poerwonjoto sold for $420,000 on June 1, 2010; Mike Shields signed ($164,900) as free agent on June 12, 2010; Mike Shields sold for $322,100 on July 16, 2010; René-Solomon Kacha (junior prospect) signed on July 16, 2010; Pius Tsheuma Songo’o released August 8, 2010; Didier N’gok Songo’o (junior prospect) signed on August 8, 2010
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: René-Solomon Kacha released September 11, 2010; Noukeu Keita (junior prospect) signed on September 11, 2010; Ricardo van Deinsen retired on November 17, 2010
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Baxter Maye signed ($2,495,300) as free agent on November 17, 2010; Dean Hankers released November 18, 2010; Heinrich Heinz (junior prospect) signed on November 18, 2010; Einar Smarason sold for $322,100 on November 21, 2010; Lorenzo Wiebolt signed ($2,058,100) as free agent on November 30, 2010; Anthony Davids released January 5, 2011; Bay Carter (junior prospect) signed on January 5, 2011; Dakarai Baako released January 19, 2011; Willi Strijdom (junior prospect) signed on January 19, 2011
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: none
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Didier N’gok Songo’o released June 21, 2011; Baas Jansens signed ($695,300) as free agent on June 22, 2011; Wollo Schampa released July 13, 2011; Walter Rasmussen signed ($278,600) as free agent on July 15, 2011
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Baxter Maye released October 26, 2011
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Waldemar da Costa (junior prospect) signed on December 10, 2011; Bay Carter released January 16, 2012; Mngomesotho Qwaqwa (junior prospect) signed on January 16, 2012
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Waldemar da Costa sold to The Frogs for $255,000 on March 3, 2012; Cliff Winfield signed ($290,000) as free agent on March 4, 2012; Tusker Doumbé sold for $1,871,016 on March 6, 2012; Eric Ngassam (junior prospect) signed on March 6, 2012; Lorenzo Wiebolt released March 6, 2012; Niklaas McCarthy signed ($1,638,400) as free agent on March 8, 2012; Sipho Griekwa released March 28, 2012; Dahomey Idrissou (junior prospect) signed on March 28, 2012; Dahomey Idrissou released April 9, 2012; Djambek Tchuem Mshonga (junior prospect) signed on April 9, 2012
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: none
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Mngomesotho Qwaqwa sold for $1,752,072 on September 27, 2012; Jimmy McIntyre signed ($496,200) as free agent on September 28, 2012
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: none
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Bernie Forbes released June 5, 2013; Nigel Niapat signed ($81,800) as free agent on June 6, 2013; Kurt Thompson signed ($97,700) as free agent on June 23, 2013; Benni Maasie (junior prospect) signed on June 23, 2013
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: none
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Ron Florence signed ($654,800) as free agent on December 3, 2013; Benni Maasie released December 3, 2013; Stone Oluwa Yabeme signed ($357,200) as free agent on February 3, 2014
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Eugene Tchami retired on June 27, 2014
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Kosoko Konyegwachie signed ($904,000) as free agent on July 10, 2014; Ernest Ebede released August 10, 2014; Wilhelm Mella signed ($715,500) as free agent on August 13, 2014
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Oskar Dietze retired on October 3, 2014; Gervasio Souto signed ($507,500) as free agent on October 5, 2014
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Dingiswayo Ngwane retired on January 16, 2015; Stanley Miesiedjan retired on January 16, 2015; Ralf Handke released January 16, 2015; Klemens Betong signed ($609,200) as free agent on January 17, 2015; Michel Hesp signed ($47,700) as free agent on January 19, 2015; Naas Borlund signed ($911,200) as free agent on January 28, 2015; Nigel Niapat sold for $1,238,580 on February 1, 2015; Johan de Visser signed ($100,900) as free agent on February 2, 2015; Desmond Nghaamwa released March 6, 2015; Hammi Narvik signed ($2,490,500) as free agent on March 7, 2015
- ROSTER TRANSACTIONS: Benin Ndiako retired on May 1, 2015; Francois Schumann signed ($2,088,100) as free agent on May 7, 2015
SEPTEMBER 26, 2009 - Transvaal gets third X11 club
Cape Town is home to Transvaal’s newest X11 club as NVK Kaapstad Hornets joins the newly-formed Nordreich Liga. The new club is managed by Bartnel Botha, who also handles operations for the Transvaal Springboks in Liga Mundo and Windhoek Welwitschia of the Vedder League.
On the pitch, the Kaapstad Noordryksevoetbalklub (NVK) will be lead by a trio of familiar faces famous in Transvaler football:
Ricardo van Deisen previously played five seasons in Liga Mundo. One of the greatest forwards to play for Transvaal, Van Deisen retired after the Transvaal Springboks won the Liga Mundo championship in Liga Mundo Season 5 and as the club’s all-time leading scorer. However, when he heard about Mr. Botha’s newest venture to establish the Nordreich Liga, Van Deisen allowed himself to be coaxed out of retirement to help out his old boss.
Dakarai Baako led Transvaal in the UCFA Champions League tournaments but failed to catch on with either Transvaal Springboks or Windhoek Welwitschia. He is now attempting a comeback with Kaapstad and this time around it looks like he will stick as the speedster is currently top of the depth chart on the Hornet's midfield line.
Also from the old UCFA Champions League Springboks squads is goalie legend Tafadzwa Masamba in net. It has been some time since “Taffy” has suited up but is expected to regain his old prowess between posts. One of his duties will be to help train future keepers for the Hornets such as newcomer Oskar Dietze.
The Hornets have two pre-season friendlies scheduled before the season commences. On Wednesday they host The Scimitars and then travel to Nordenstrom United the following Saturday.
SEPTEMBER 29, 2009 - Exhibition matches this week
On Wednesday, Nordreich Liga action kicks off when The Scimitars travel to Greenpoint Stadium in Cape Town to take on the NVK Kaapstad Hornets in an exhibition match.
While the Hornets have been unsuccessful in acquiring a much needed freekicker off the transfer marker, Manager Homer has had The Scimitars hard at work with player training to prepare for the upcoming match.
Both squads feature fairly decent defensive lines but the Hornets hold an edge in goalkeeping while The Scimitars have a slight edge in the attack. Neither squad looks particularly strong for midfield depth although speedster Dakarai Baako will be key for the Hornets while Alladin Abdul-Sami is the offensive go-to man for The Scimitars.
On Saturday, the Hornets travel to Johann Schmidt Stadium to meet Nordenstorm United in another exhibition tilt. The regular league and Nordreich Cup schedules will be announced on Saturday, October 2nd with play expected to get underway the following Wednesday.
OCTOBER 18, 2009 - Recent signings
During the past three weeks of October, NVK Kaapstad has continued to re-tool their roster with player cuts and signings.
“We were dealt a pretty awful squad during the league expansion draft in September” commented Manager Bartnel Botha, “so it is going to take some time to get this club to anywhere we need to be to become competitive. We could have taken the road which Nordenstrom and Northern Reich have gone with picking up talented veterans in the twilight of their careers, however I’ve always been more focused on building for the future as I wouldn’t want to go through all this again in a few seasons as players started to retire.”
“We acquired two quality juniors from our youth programme, Eugene Tchami and Mosely Nlend Wome. While Wome is more of a project player that will require around three seasons to get into starter shape, Tchami automatically walked on as third or fourth in our defensive depth. To find a junior player that good is a lucky break.”
Recent acquisitions include Jaouad Nasser, Bernie Forbes, and Otto Getzlaf. Nasser is a likely a stopgap player for our weak midfield while the two others are most probably long-term keepers on the roster. Manager Botha did not rule out further changes. “We need to do something to address our impotent offense. Apart from Van Deinsen, we have no one who can provide regular points although Forbes has been performing far above expectations.”
OCTOBER 31, 2009 - Hornets bow out of Nordreich Cup
Despite outplaying Northern Reich for ball possession and bombarding keeper Hillo Maalepp with 9 shots on net, NVK Kaapstad Hornets dropped a 2-1 decision at Greenpoint Stadium and were knocked out of the Nordreich Cup. The match was a repeat result of Northern Reich’s first win in the semi-final round.
Anton Kruuv and Arved Lokko scored for the visitors while Ricardo van Deinsen potted home the lone goal for the Hornets. Goalkeeper Tafadzwa Masamba was lost early to a major injury and a cold Oskar Dietze was unable to deal with Northern Reich’s few offensive chances, allowing in 2 of their 3 attempts. At the other end of the pitch, Reich’s keeper Hillo Maalepp was a wall against the Hornets’ attackers and accumulated an 89% average on saves.
Kaapstad dominated the X11 squad for the second round of cup ties with five player selections however Reich manger St6mm walked away with the manager honours for his impressive performance to advance to the finals despite the apparent odds in today’s match.
The Nordreich Cup finals will feature high-flying Nordenstrom United versus Northern Reich. The first match will take place next Saturday with the final leg on November 14.
NOVEMBER 8, 2009 - Hornets sign Namibian forward prospect
Kaapstad Hornets made a couple of unexpected roster changes this morning when injured veteran goalkeeper Tafadzwa Masamba was released so that Manager Bartnel Botha could sign promising junior prospect Desmond Nghaamwa.
“We lost Masamba to a nasty injury in our last cup match against Northern Reich and he would be out for our next four or five matches. While I would have kept him on, when Desmond Nghaamwa suddenly came on our scouting radar, he was just too good to pass up on despite us having a real glut of young forward prospects.”
“In the past month we have been most fortunate in acquiring two junior youngsters who will potentially evolve into quality players in two or three seasons. Last month we signed chippy speedster Sipho Griekwa, who we are grooming to take over freekicking duties when Izmir Jejaz is not available, and now comes Desmond, who hails from Namibia and very fast and adept at heading the ball. Combine these two with Harald Heidrich and Bernie Forbes acquired off the transfer wire and we now have the core future of attack for the next 10 or so seasons.”
NOVEMBER 19, 2009 - Hornets sign Ngwane from Springboks
Kaapstad Hornets boosted their defense today by acquiring 19-year-old Dingiswayo Ngwane from the Transvaal Springboks. While toiling as a prospect-in-training during two campaigns with the Springboks, Ngwane is expected to step in and make an immediate impact with the Hornets.
“I’m really looking forward to playing alongside Eugene Tchami, one of the hardest working young fullbacks in the whole Nordreich Liga” said an excited Ngwane.
The Zulu youth will bring a booming shot and calming, steady demeanor to the Hornets’ fullback corps. With Kaapstad generally weak up front, the league’s strongest defense will need to carry the rest of the squad most match days and, as he told the press today, Dingiswayo Ngwane “relishes the prospects of becoming a leading player both on this team and in the Nordreich Liga.”
NOVEMBER 29, 2009 - Hornets advance to Baron Zemo Cup final
Kaapstad Hornets handily defeated FC Noordrijk to advance to the Baron Zemo Open Cup finals. Nordreich Cup champions Nordenstrom United also advanced to the finals with a 4-0 drubbing of league leaders Scottoria FC. The Hornets now find themselves in the position of definite underdogs against a squad they have yet to walk away with a victory against Nordenstrom.
The match was much closer on the scoreboard than what it appeared on the pitch as NVK Kaapstad fielded a hodge-podge squad consisting of veterans and prospects. Sipho Griekwa gave the Hornets an early lead with his breakaway goal just two minutes into the match but it took the favourites another 74 minutes to bag their second tally when former Transvaal Springboks legend Ricardo van Deinsen headed the ball past a dazed Noordijk keeper Eric Hoekstra from a dangerous Eugene Tchami corner kick.
Kaapstad then scored their third goal when Hoekstra was beat yet again on a cornerkick set-play in the 82nd minute when Tchami connected the ball to Van Deinsen, who then deftly fed a waiting Izmir Jejaz to tap in. Otto Getzlaf assisted on the opening goal by Griekwa.
At the other end of the field, Hornets keeper Oskar Dietze faced just 3 shots while his opposite Hoekstra was 50% on saves from Kaapstad’s six attempts.
Nordenstrom United and NVK Kaapstad Hornets will faceoff on December 5 in what most observers are predicting to be a Nordenstrom walk-over with the Hornets outclassed for talent in all positions except defense – in which the Transvalers hold a distinct advantage despite their high goals-allowed during league play. The Hornets also dominate in player form across the board in the entire league and that will be critical if they are to have any chance breaking down the Nordreich Cup champions.
DECEMBER 2, 2009 - Overconfident Hornets choke to Noordrijk
An overconfident Kaapstad squad struggled today against FC Noordrijk, dropping a surprise 2-1 decision at Greenpoint Stadium. As Manager Botha explained after the final whistle, “two things went wrong for us today: First, we completely underestimated Noordrijk and overestimated our ability going into the match. We expected them to roll over and not put up a fight - so a squad utilising quite a few second-stringers and prospects was field. And secondly, unfortuanetly we saw very poor form throughout and crashed out in the second half. Our goalkeeping was abysmal. It was simply one of the worst outings by us all season long.”
DECEMBER 5, 2009 - Baron Zemo Cup remains in Nordenstrom
Despite almost an hour of play with an advantage in numbers, NVK Kaapstad Hornets were unable to pull off an upset comeback to defeat favourites Nordenstrom United for the Baron Zemo Open Cup.
“We played our hearts out with one of our best line-ups and efforts to date, but we simply could not get the ball past their keeper Hélio Ferraz” commented an exasperated Manager Bartnel Botha.
Nordenstrom took an early 2 goal lead after beating Hornets goalkeeper Oskar Dietze first on a penalty shot and then nine minutes later on a corner set-play. They then ran into some serious trouble when their lone forward in their 5-4-1 fromation, Herman Ólafsson, received a red card and was sent off in the 36th minute. Prospect forward Desmond Nghaamwa got the Hornets on the scorecard just minutes into the second half when Dakarai Baako set him up for a breakaway one-on-one to beat Ferraz. But Kaapstad were unable to find the equalizer despite outplaying Nordenstrom for the remainder of the match.
“I knew we would be in hard against them, going into the match, but when they saw their red card from Referee Laura Norder, we really needed to exploit opportunities like that and make the most of them – which we failed to capitalise on.”
With the two cup runs over for the season, the league and its teams can start to focus on the final five weeks and the horserace which has unfolded in the standings.
A single goal is all that separates Nordenstorm United and Scottoria from first place, with Northern Reich tied for points (19) with Nordenstrom and Scottoria despite not registering any league losses yet but stuck in third place on account of its greater number of draws. Kaapstad Hornets are close behind in fourth place with 16 points but a bungled loss at home this week versus FC Noordrijk has probably destroyed any hopes of stealing the championship.
Looking at ahead at the remaining schedule, two big money matches remain: the December 16 meeting between Nordenstrom United and Scottoria which will be critical in breaking the deadlock between the two leading sides, and the December 26 tilt between Northern Reich and the Hornets in which the visiting Hornets need the three points if they are to have any remote chance of moving up the table and finish better than fourth place.
JANUARY 10, 2010 - Hornets strengthen in goal
Manager Bartnel Botha released forward Harald Heidrich today to make room for goalkeeper prospect Tusker Doumbé, stating that “a quality keeper like Tusker is a rare find and we would be fools not to sign him.”
Heidrich was Kaapstad’s first-ever free-agent signing but club expectations of him deflated after his less than impressive progress report yesterday.
“We thought he would have increased noticeably in skill during the off-season but he failed to live up to my expectations. We already have a glut of young forwards all looking for playing time now in the shorter season, so he became expendable.”
When asked if the Hornets had any further roster changes in store, Manager Botha replied that “after last season’s merry-go-round with 31 players signed at some point and using 27 players, I am planning to consolidate more this season and pretty much stick with who we have now.”
“It’s possible the injury-prone Jaouad Nasser may be moved, as I currently have him listed on the transfer wires, but apart from him I like the squad we have. Nasser was simply brought in as a short-term stop-gap measure so the fact we are trying to move him now should be no surprise.”
JANUARY 15, 2010 - More changes in goal
After going on record that the Hornets roster was set for the season, Manager Bartnel Botha pulled off a sudden and unexpected acquision when he signed John Reynolds as Kaapstad’s fourth goalkeeper. The logjam in net won’t last for too long however as Mosely Nlend Wome is on his way out after the club recived an offer for him on the transfer wire. He is expected to depart on this Sunday.
Wome played 8 matches last season for Kaapstad Hornets, pulling off an impressive 77% save average albeit against weaker teams – however after the promotion of the talented Tusker Doumbé last week from the junior squad, it appeared that Wome’s playing time would see a reduction.
While most clubs carry two keepers, the Hornets have generally used a three-man rotation so that high form compensated for deficiencies in talent in the Hornets very young netminding corps. John Reynolds was an opportune signing which all but consigned Wome to demand a transfer out of the club.
“Despite his age, Reynolds will bring a coolness and sense of leadership that Wome – or any of our other keepers – don’t have. Our goalkeepers as a group are very young and granted we do suffer some matches because of that, but give them two seasons to develop and we will have build a solid the foundation for the following five to seven seasons.”
JANUARY 29, 2010 - Hornets blank champions
Kaapstad Hornets bagged their first win of the regular season in style, shutting out Liga champions Scottoria FC 2-0 at Greenpoint Stadium. The solid victory propelled 4 Hornets on to the X11 Team for Week 3 and garnered Bartnel Botha the manager of the week honours for Liga 1.
“For some reason, we dominate Scottoria when we play in Cape Town” commented Manager Botha as the post-game media scrum. “I think today we simply wanted the win more than they did, they looked somewhat flat out there”.
Ian Smith opened the scoring for the Hornets in the 13th minute with a header off the set-play; captain Dean Hankers picked up the assist after Ralf Handke, making his debut with the club since being acquired a few days ago, deftly fed him the ball from his corner kick. Then in the second half, penalty kick point-man Dingiswayo Ngwane boomed the ball home past a dazed Trevor McAlinden.
While ball possession was almost split evenly between the teams, Kaapstad had 9 opportunities on net compared to just 4 for the defending champions. Scottoria did not see a shot on net until the second half after the Hornets had already had fours tries. Goalkeeper Oskar Dietze played impressively after a slow start this season and had a career match while Anthony Davids picked up his third X11 selection of the season, leading all fullbacks in the Liga.
FEBRUARY 24, 2010 - Liga' best defense just got stronger
NVK Kaapstad Hornets, who have the strongest defense in the entire Nordreich Liga, got even stronger today with the promotion of impressive 19-year-old junior prospect Benin Ndiako.
“We are extremely pleased with the signing of Ndiako. Our junior scout had originally informed us he was a 5-bar talent – but once we signed him, and actually got to see him suit up and run some practice trials with the senior squad, turns out he is actually a 6-bar player,” said an overjoyed Manager Bartnel Botha at today’s post-training media conference.
The signing of Ndiako meant that unproductive fullback Nbeko Sokoto was released by the club. Sokoto was one of seven original Hornets from their initial roster but had very little to show for after 18 matches with the club. It also means that Kaapstad now has two impressive, young freekickers in Benin Ndiako and midfielder Ralf Handke once Izmir Jejaz hangs up the boots.
“The troika of Ndiako, Ngwane, and Tchami will provide a formidable backbone for our defense for many, many future seasons” said Botha.
MARCH 22, 2010 - New sweaters for Hornets
Manager Bartnel Botha unveiled new sweaters for NVK Kaapstad Hornets this morning. Gone are the yellow short-sleeve jerseys with the black diagonal stripe, replaced with the new Killer Bees long-sleeve look.
“With most of the Nordreich Liga teams based in the colder regions of the Northern Hemisphere, our players wanted something a little warmer. We also wanted to accentuate our nickname and what better way than to look like a bunch of bumblebees out on the field?” joked Manager Botha during the press conference.
The new look will debut tomorrow at Greenpoint Stadium when the Hornets host expansion team Nacional CF in a friendly.
MARCH 29, 2010 - Roster changes at Greenpoint Park
Kaapstad Hornets have been busy recently in the transfer market, signing veteran goalkeeper Wollo Schampa for a $4,000,000 contract while releasing midfielder Izmir Jejaz. With four goalkeepers currently onboard, John Reynolds is expected to get the cut after showing signs of only minimal improvement. And with the release of Jejaz, promising midfielder Stanley Miesiedjan was promoted from the junior squad.
“Reynolds we will keep floating on the transfer lists until a quality junior prospect comes along, at which time we will release him if he hasn't sold by then.”
With a group of very young keepers, the Hornets have struggled the past two seasons keeping their goals-against down despite possessing the best defensive corps in the Liga.
“Oskar Dietze and Tusker Doumbé will really benefit from having Wollo Schampa around to lend his expertise – and by the time the veteran keeper is really to retire or move on, Dietze and Doumbé will be in a much stronger position to resume their starting duties. We plan to go with Wollo as our starter while taking a more nutured developmental attitude with Oskar and Tusker – who admittedly have been thrown to the wolves the past two seasons.”
While the defense is set in stone and there appears to be little movement planned for the attacking line, fortifying the midfield now becomes Manager Botha’s priority.
“With the style and system we play, our midfielders were suffering a lot last season from fatigue – so we will probably look to bring onboard someone in their mid- to late-20s to fill the gap which has been open since we sold Jaouad Nasser last season. Promoting Miesiedjan will definitely help in the fitness aspect, but we still need a more experienced presence apart from Hankers and Baako – as they cannot do everything. Most games Baako is finding himself being shadowed pretty closely so we need to create more distractions to free him up.”
APRIL 26, 2010 - “An ugly win but we’ll take it”
Despite being down a midfielder for an hour, a short-manned Kaapstad Hornets managed to battle back from a 2-1 deficit to steal victory from the jaws of defeat in an impressive 4-2 win against a largely lacklustre Scottoria FC.
“The win was quite a surprise as all matches against Scottoria FC are tough. We entered the game missing our two best midfielders (Baako and Hankers) and then lost Gbeke Tshwonga to a red card after just thirty minutes. So we were down to two midfielders. However, our defence held fast and combined nicely with our attack to scrape ourselves back into the game.
All four of Kaapstad’s goals came from up-and-coming prospect players. Two goals from Benin Ndiako and his dangerous set-play free-kicks to beat Scottoria keeper Rusty Meredith and two goals from speedy forward Desmond Nghaamwa, set up by veterans Darakai Baako and Ricardo van Deinsen.
Despite the tenacious effort, Manager Botha was his usual cautious self during the post-game media conference:
“Today was our best result this season, but truth is our midfield is looking atrocious right now from injuries, suspensions, and overall poor form and we are still struggling n net, none of our keepers have played anywhere close to their full potential this season” said Manager Botha, although his observation omitted an impressive, career outing by third keeper Tusker Doumbé in the season opener which garnered him his first-ever X11 spot – generally a rare occurrence for goalkeepers not named Hillo Maakepp.
“On the plus side, our vaunted defense is performing at 120% effort this season.”
MAY 1, 2010 - Avenger now a Hornet
Zemo City Avengers and NVK Kaapstad Hornets completed the Nordreich Liga’s first intra-league transfer today with 26-year-old forward Einar Smarason sold to the Hornets for $1,400,000.
Smarason played in 11 matches and scored 3 goals for the Nordenstrom club over the duration of two and a half seasons and is now expected to step in and make an immediate impact with the Hornets after Ian Smith was released earlier in the day.
“While we lose some of the toughness that Ian Smith brought, with Smarason we now get some youth combined with extra speed and a bolstering of our set-play squad” explained Manager Botha.
AUGUST 7, 2010 - After Songo’o… another Songo’o
Veteran fullback Pius Tsheuma Songo’o – who suffered a major injury in Kaapstad Hornet’s last match which will see him miss almost the remainder of this season – has agreed with club management to retire so that his nephew Didier N’gok Songo’o can be promoted from the junior team to take his place.
The elder Songo’o played 34 matchs over three seasons with Kaapstad. The dependable but unremarkable fullback played mostly in a substitute role the last two seasons and provided mentoring to the Hornets’ three up-and-coming star African defenders, Tchami, Ngwane, and Ndiako. He scored 2 goals and 6 assists during his career - with his 2 goals coming only this season.
His 17-year-old nephew Didier, like him, hails from the Republic of Congo-Brazzaville and is eager to step into his uncle’s shoes and have a long career in the Nordreich Liga with the Hornets.
“I am really looking forward to playing alongside Tchami, Ngwame, and Ndiako – those guys are idols to many of us young players in Africa.”
SEPTEMBER 12, 2010 - Dejected Hornets drop Liga 2 debut
After enduring the ignominy of being the first and so far only Liga 1 team to suffer relegation in the Nordreich Liga, NVK Kaapstad Hornets looked to make a big impression in their opening match in Liga 2 as Nordreich Liga Season IV commenced this morning. Unfortunately expansion side Keville Athletic had other plans and did not follow the script.
“Going into today’s match, Manager Botha had instructed us not to take them lightly – and ending up on the wrong side of a 3-2 game taught us all why our manager indeed respects the new kids on the block,” said a dejected midfield general Dakarai Baako. “In our pre-game preparations, we had been watching recent game-tape between Transvaal Springboks and Keville United in the hopes to anticipate how Athletic may play out.”
“I knew full well today that this would probably be our most important match of the season,” said Manager Bartnel Botha. “They have good off-field leadership and management and with the game played on the road, we had to come out strong. Unfortunately, we couldn’t finish them off and I think we let up in injury time when some of our guys probably thought a draw would be a satisfactory result. This loss could well have ramifications for us at the end of the season.”
While the Hornet’s defense and midfield played outstanding (garnering 7 spots on the X11 Team) it was the same old story in net and up front: inconstant goalkeeping and uninspired play from the forwards glaringly reinforced by the fact that fullbacks set up the Hornet’s two goals – although Benin Ndiako was playing up on the midfield line.
OCTOBER 29, 2010 - Van Deinsen retires from pro soccer
Ricardo van Deinsen announced his retirement from professional soccer this past weekend. He played his final Nordreich Liga match for NVK Kaapstad Hornets on October 17, a 5-1 victory over C.S. Napoli in which Van Deinsen his 25th and final goal as a Hornet, a deft header just seconds before the half-time whistle.
Ricardo began his playing career with Transvaal Springboks of Liga Mundo in that league’s very first season as one of the club’s original signings. Wearing jersey #10, he played for five seasons and led the Springboks to their first Liga Mundo championship and became one of the club’s most prolific forwards and led the Springboks in scoring in Liga Mundo Season 3 and was routinely in the top five for team scoring most other seasons. He was named Forward of the Season by club management in Liga Mundo Season 5.
Soon after winning the Primera title, at the age of 30, he announced his retirement. At the time of his final match for Transvaal on June 8, 2009, he was second on the club in most matches played (84) and led the club in most career points (45) and most career goals (34).
Van Deinsen is also to date still the only Transvaal Springboks player to have played in all four positions on the field - including two victories in net as an emergency substitute goalkeeper in which he never conceded a goal.
Three months later, he would then come out of retirement when Bartnel Botha coaxed him to sign with the brand new NVK Kaapstad Hornets of the Nordreich Liga. During the course of four seasons with the Hornets, he increased his professional goal-scoring total to 59 and played a combined total of 128 matches in X11 soccer. His best seasons in Nordreich Liga were his first two campaigns as injuries began to take their toll on the veteran great by the time Nordreich Liga Season IV rolled around. Despite battling chronic injuries in Nordreich Liga Season III, he lead the club in scoring.
CAREER PLAYING RECORD
- Transvaal Springboks (Liga Mundo): 84 GP, 34 G, 11 A, 45 PTS, 9 X11
- NVK Kaapstad Hornets (Nordreich Liga): 44 GP, 25 G, 8 A, 33 PTS, 10 X11
NOVEMBER 17, 2010 - Awards dinner at Heia Safari Social Club
Noordryksevoetbalklub Kaapstad Hornets held its post-season awards ceremony and club dinner last night at the Heia Safari Social Club. The following awards were handed out by club management in recognition of player achievement during Nordreich Liga Season IV:
- Player of the season Benin Ndiako
- Goalkeeper of the season Wollo Schampa
- Fullback of the season Benin Ndiako
- Midfielder of the season Dakarai Baako
- Forward of the season Ricardo van Deinsen
- Prospect/Rookie of the season Noukeu Keita
- Most Improved Player Benin Ndiako
- Golden Boot award Benin Ndiako (8)
- Assists Leaders Ralf Handke, Stanley Miesiedjan, & Dakarai Baako (4)
- Points Leader Benin Ndiako (9)
In Nordreich Liga 2 merit awards, three Hornets received recognition:
- Stanley Miesiedjan 3rd most assists (4 assists) in Season IV (Liga 2)
- Benin Ndiako 1st most goals (8 goals), 2nd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens), and 3rd most points (9 points) in Season IV (Liga 2)
- Eugene Tchami 3rd MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season IV (Liga 2)
NOVEMBER 19, 2010 - Dakarai Baako to hang up his cleats
Manager Bartnel Botha confirmed today that midfielder and former UCFA Champions League great Dakarai Baako had given notice that he would retire at the conclusion of the upcoming Nordreich Liga Season V.
One of the first bonafide stars of Transvaler soccer, Baako began his playing career for Transvaal in the UCFA Champions League 1 in October 2007. After the UCFA competition folded in April 2008, he briefly signed with a domestic club in PDSAR and played a handful of matches there. He then retired from soccer and went into national politics and was elected to the post of African paramount chief from May to November 2008.
Baako came out of retirement and resumed his playing career with Windhoek Welwitschia of the Vedder League in January 2009 but was released after just 1 match. He then signed with Transvaal Springboks of Liga Mundo but only lasted 3 games with the team, scoring one goal before he was let go in May 2009.
He finally returned to his previous form when he signed with NVK Kaapstad Hornets in September of 2009. While older Transvaler fans still have fond memories of him starring in the UCFA, to the younger generation of fans Baako is only known for his playing exploits and leadership with the Hornets.
“Baako was fundamental in getting the Hornets off the ground” commented Manager Botha.
To date, Baako is the only player to suit up for all three professional clubs in Transvaal as well as play in the three CNRP tournaments (UCFA, FIFOB Alliance Cup, and Transvaal World Cup) – a feat that can never be repeated.
DECEMBER 2, 2010 - Hornets shake things up
Facing a return to Liga 1 in Nordreich Liga Season V, the retirement of Ricardo van Deinsen, and the subsequent announcements that key veterans Dakarai Baako and Anthony Davids would also be following Van Deinsen’s footsteps at the end of Season V, Manager Bartnel Botha did not wait long to begin the unenviable task of retooling the Kaapstad Hornets for the upcoming season.
The day following Van Deinsen’s official retirement, Dean Hankers – who had captained the Hornets since their debut – was released. Inside sources tell us that the aging Hankers had been edged out by strong performances and improvement during Season IV by Stanley Miesiedjan and phenom youngster Noukeu Keita. Along with Handke and Ebede thrown into the mix, and Hankers found himself too far down the depth chart for management to retain his services.
Another underperforming player who also soon got the boot was Einar Smarason – the former Zemo City signing who had been brought in a couple of seasons ago. With a bevy of freekickers and not enough playing time on the forward line, Smarason’s lacklustre production was deemed expendable. His transfer move earnt the club just over R1,000,000 from signing fees.
The Baako and Davids retirements then threw a wrench into the gears – as Nordreich Liga’s youngest team would be getting younger but needed to find some sort of veteran ability for their up-and-coming core. It was a new dilemma for Hornets, who had scorned pursuing veteran signings instead to build their future on prospects.
“Our problem was: who was going to lead all these kids?”
To solve that hurdle, Manager Botha then went looking for some players who could fill that role for the short term. “We needed a couple of vets in their late 20s who would be immediate starters and worthwhile retaining for a few seasons but could also contribute as well. That was why we did not keep Hankers, he had dropped below our starting midfield line – so he was not going to get any better.”
On the attack, Baxter Maye was brought on board to fill the spots opened up by Van Deinsen and Smarason while Lorenzo Wiebolt was signed on as Baako’s eventual replacement.
“Baxter Maye came to our attention from one of our scouts who recommended him while Wiebolt was someone we came across on the transfer wire. Even though we found out Wiebolt’s agent was overrating him, we put in a lowball offer just on the chance – and in a bit of good fortune for us, we ended up getting him. We have yet to see Maye play a full competitive game as a starter but he brings a lot of offensive play options to keep the opposing keeper guessing. Wiebolt has Baako’s speed and ability but adds a calming dimension to our midfield game with his coolness under pressure. He’d also make a good alternative for penalty spot kick duties when Dingiswayo Ngwane is out of the line up.”
DECEMBER 30, 2010 - Anthony Davids to retire against Dorpat
Kaapstad Hornets fullback Anthony Davids will play his final Nordreich Liga game next week against Dorpat Lions. Despite being named co-captain alongside Eugene Tchami, the 55-game veteran has only played in two matches this season and has been struggling to keep up his game shape to respectable form.
“My body has given up, it’s now time to hang up the cleats,” said the 35-year-old fullback. But before doing so, he will put them on for one more go against the Nordreich Liga champions.
“Manager Botha has asked me to start against Dorpat next week due to the suspension handed out yesterday to Dingiswayo Ngwame. After that, I’ll then make room for someone new.”
JUNE 19, 2011 - New Hornets logo
Club management of NVK Kaapstad Hornets introduced this morning the new team logo – replacing the original C-Bee emblem in use since Season I.
“We had been wanting to update our look for the past couple of seasons. We love our current Killer Bees kit design but felt the emblem could use some revamping. I have always been fond of the Wolverhampton Wanderers crest and so we looked towards that for some inspiration,” explained Manager Bartnel Botha during the press conference.
JUNE 22, 2011 - Boss signs with Hornets
Didier N’gok Songo’o was released yesterday after insufficient progress was made during the previous season.
When he came onboard in Season III as a replacement for his uncle Pius Tsheuma Songo’o, it appeared that the younger Songo’o had a lot of potential but in the subsequent four seasons he failed to improve within the expectations of the club despite a generous amount of playing time. His fate was sealed when Willi Strijdom – another player who had been fighting to secure a permanent roster spot on a defensive line thick with talent – was able to overtake Songo’o in development.
This morning, promising 18-year-old forward Baas (‘Boss’) Jansens was signed from amateur side Western Cape Rovers for R695,000 rand paid out in transfer fees with the Transvaal Voetbalsvereniging.
“While we have been struggling with the age issue on our roster, our coaching staff felt it was time to bring in a new youngster for our attack to get a head-start on moulding a future replacement for Baxter Maye when the veteran decides to hang up the cleats”, explained Manager Bartnel Botha.
In other news, Hornets shocked Dorpat Lions 5-0 in a friendly match this morning at Greenpoint Stadium. Club management was pleased with the result but said that 'things are always different in the regular season'.
OCTOBER 22, 2011 - Hornets win Nordreich Cup
Today the Kaapstad Hornets became the first-ever Transvaler football club to win a cup championship when they defeated Zemo City Avengers in the Nordreich Cup finals by an aggregate result of 5-2. The Hornets had taken the first leg 5-1 at Greenpoint Stadium and then managed to keep the Zemo City comeback to a lone goal in the rematch at Martyrs Field.
MARCH 28, 2012 - Injuries take toll on Sipho
Sipho Griekwa, a veteran of 10 seasons with Kaapstad Hornets, has been released by the club after suffering yet another major injury, this time during the recent Keville Athletic match. The 29-year-old product of the Hornets junior programme has endured a chronic string of major injuries throughout his career, with at least one occurrence in the past four seasons.
“It was a tough decision to make, but Sipho has been plagued with injuries and his unreliability was starting to affect the rest of our forward line in terms of throwing off development and planning their playing time. With him now out 3 to 4 weeks, we simply cannot afford that kind of distraction,” commented Manager Bartnel Botha.
Griekwa is the third-highest scorer in the club and its leading goal-scorer – but his production ability has never truly been realised due to his frequent battle with the medical kit.
AUGUST 29, 2012 - Botha named Manager of the Season
CAPE TOWN DAILY MAIL NEWS: On the heels of Kaapstad Hornets' first-ever league championship, Manager Bartnel Botha picked up his his first-ever Manager of the Season award after earning 4 X11 Manager selections during the course of the season.
Baron Zemo (Zemo City Avengers) and TiffCab (Moenchengladbach) earnt up 2 Manager selections and St6mm (Dorpat Lions) and Kevinho00 (Keville Athletic) earnt 1 selection during the ten weeks of Season XI.
In a somewhat surprising move, considering the Hornets are known to play a particularly tough brand of football, Kaapstad also collected the Commissioner Botha Fairlplay Bowl for most sportsmanlike team (least bookings) during the season.
Check back with the Cape Town Daily Mail News tomorrow when the Nordreich Liga All-Star Team is announced along with the Liga MVP selection. Finalists for MVP are rumoured to be Golden Boot goalscorer Mathew “Big Game” Hunt and Hornet's captain Dingiswayo Ngwane.
DECEMBER 5, 2012 - Hornets repeat as Liga champions
Kaapstad Hornets clinched their second Nordreich Liga title yesterday on the heels of a 4-0 victory at FC Limburg. Next up is the showdown against the Zemo City Avengers in the second leg of the Cup of Good Hope tournament finals.
In an unusual twist of fate, Zemo City go into the match classed as the ‘home’ team despite the tournament finals being hosted by Kaapstad at Greenpoint Stadium.
The Hornets took the first leg 2-1 in a clash between the onslaught of the Kaapstad offense and stingy Avengers defensive game. Despite the one-goal loss, Zemo City actually had a better conversion rate for goals.
The rematch should prove to be one of the classic matches of this season – as the Hornets will want to cap off their league title with the trophy that bears their name, while the never-say-die Zemo City Avengers will no doubt be gunning for a victory as a consolation prize for losing out on the regular season title.
Kaapstad will then close out the season against expansion side Wolfpacks Wanderers - a match that has little ramifications except pride. Pundits are expecting to see a reserve line-up out for that match.
JUNE 27, 2014 - Hornets say goodbye to Eugene Tchami
Eugene Tchami wore the #3 jersey and played fullback with the Kaapstad Hornets from Season I when he was promoted from the junior team until his retirement at the conclusion of Season XVII.
Tchami picked up the Hornets' first assist in league play when he set-up Bernie Forbes from a headed, cross pass to scored the Hornets' first league goal on October 14, 2009.
He was the team captain from the middle of Season V until the end of Season VIII. Tchami became the second Hornet to earn legendary status when he played 100th match on September 21, 2011. He played his 200th bicentennial match during Season XIV on April 27, 2013.
During his lengthy career, he picked up numerous league finishes for X11 Teams: tied 2nd in X11 in Season II (8), tied 4th in X11 in Season III (10), tied 3rd in X11 in Liga 2 in Season IV (7), tied 5th in X11 in Season VIII (6), and tied 4th in X11 in Season XII (8). He was named to the Nordeich Liga all-star teams in Season II, Season III, Liga 2 all-star team in Season IV, Season X and Season XI.
In Season VII, Ken Norman of Dorpat Lions edged out Eugene Tchami for Liga MVP honours - who led the league in X11 selection but ultimately was hampered by injury, sub-par form and a less than stellar performance overall by the Hornets.
He announced that Season XVII would be his final season and took on a substitute role on the defensive line. He played in his final match on June 25, 2014 when the Big Three fullbacks of Tchami, Ngwane, and Ndiako started together for the last time - although Tchami was forced to leave the match in the 84th minute due to an injury.
At the time of his retirement, Eugene Tchami was ranked in 2nd place for career matches (256) and 2nd place in career X11 Team selections (144) with the Hornets. He scored 12 goals and 26 assists for 38 points.
AUGUST 10, 2014 - Ernest Ebede hangs up his cleats
Midfielder Ernest Ebede wore the #9 sweater for the Kaapstad Hornets and played with the team for 18 seasons from Season I, when he was promoted as a walk-on starter from the junior team late in the season, through into Season XVIII.
Despite some set-backs due to injuries in Season VIII, he became the leading career points and career assist leader with the club after he matched Dakarai Baako's totals on October 8, 2011. Ebede also played his legendary 100th match during Season VIII as the Hornets routed the Valley Hillbillies 6-0 on November 9, 2011 - unfortunately leaving the match due to a minor injury in the final ten minutes.
He dealt with further major injuries during Season XI and then Season XII which saw him miss the the last month of the season. Ernest Ebede played his 200th career match during Season XV on August 28, 2013. He played his final game - his only one during Season XVIII - on July 30, 2014.
Having entered the season after announcing his impending retirement, he was released by the club on August 10, 2014 - at the age of 37 - after 18 seasons and 245 games played.
An ace with scoring close in the penalty box, Ebede scored 52 goals in his career - placing him 7th in goals for the club. He had 65 assists to his name which gave him a total of 117 points; he was tied for 5th in career points for the Hornets.
He was a star prospect in his early seasons while playing alongside the great Dakarai Baako but was eclipsed by Noukeu Keita by Season VII. His best campaigns came in Season V, Season X, Season XV and Season XVI when he reached career high totals for goals, assists, or points. Despite his lengthy career he never managed to make any all-star teams although he led the Hornets for scoring in Season V and finished 2nd in team scoring in 4 other seasons.
SEPTEMBER 11, 2014 - Legend Dietze will bow out vs. Zemo City
Manager Bartnel Botha stated to the press today that legendary Kaapstad goalkeeper Oskar Dietze, the first player ever to sign with the Nordreich Liga and the last remaining original player for any team, will be starting against the same team he started it all back in Season I on October 9, 2009.
The last home game for the Hornets this season – against Zemo City on October 1 – and the final match of Dietze’s long 18-season, 5-year career, has been proclaimed as “Oskar Dietze Day” in Cape Town.
Herman Ólafsson of Nordenstorm United – now the modern Zemo City Avengers – scored the first-ever league goal that day back in October 2009 when Sven-Östein Haraldsson set him up for a shot in the penalty area against the rookie Oskar Dietze just one minute after the opening kick-off.
- Dakarai Baako - 1st most assists (8 assists) in Season I (Liga 1); 2nd most points (13 points) in Season I (Liga 1)
- Sipho Griekwa - 2nd most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season VI (Liga 1); 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season IX (Liga 1)
- Ralf Handke - 3rd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season III (Liga 1)
- Heinrich Heinz - 3rd most assists (6 assists) in Season XIV (Liga 1)
- Noukeu Keita - 3rd most points (15 points) in Season X (Liga 1); 3rd most goals (10 goals) in Season X (Liga 1); 2nd most goals (8 goals) in Season XI (Liga 1); 3rd most points (10 points) in Season XI (Liga 1); 2nd most goals (10 goals) in Season XIV (Liga 1); 3rd most points (15 points) in Season XIV (Liga 1)
- Stanley Miesiedjan - 3rd most assists (4 assists) in Season IV (Liga 2); 1st most assists (6 assists) in Season VI (Liga 1); 3rd most bookings (4 yellow cards) in Season VI (Liga 1)
- Benin Ndiako - 1st most goals (8 goals) in Season IV (Liga 2); 2nd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season IV (Liga 2); 3rd most points (9 points) in Season IV (Liga 2)
- Eric Ngassam - 2nd most bookings (5 yellow cards) in Season XII (Liga 1)
- Desmond Nghaamwa - 3rd most goals (7 goals) in Season XI (Liga 1); 3rd most goals (10 goals in Season XII (Liga 1)
- Dingiswayo Ngwane - 1st MVP (10 Xpert Elevens) in Season IX (Liga 1); 2nd MVP (10 Xpert Elevens) in Season X (Liga 1); 1st MVP (9 Xpert Elevens in Season XI (Liga 1); 2nd MVP (11 Xpert Elevens in Season XII (Liga 1); 2nd MVP (11 Xpert Elevens in Season XIII (Liga 1)
- Nigel Niapat - 2nd most sending offs (1 red card) in Season XIX (Liga 1)
- Eugene Tchami - 1st most sending offs (2 red cards) in Season I (Liga 1); 3rd MVP (8 Xpert Elevens) in Season II (Liga 1); 3rd MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season IV (Liga 2); 1st MVP (7 Xpert Elevens) in Season VII (Liga 1)
- Hendrik van Schou - 2nd most assists (10 assists) in Season XVIII (Liga 1)
- Lorenzo Wiebolt - 3rd most bookings (5 yellow cards) in Season IX (Liga 1)
Youngest and oldest playersEdit
- Youngest: (16) Heinrich Heinz was promoted from the junior squad, aged 16, prior to the start of Season V. Noukeu Keita (midfielder) joined the team, aged 16, as a junior prospect during Season IV. Ron Florence was signed at age 16 by the club at the start of Season XVI. Hammi Narvik was signed at age 16 midway through Season XX; he is currently the youngest player on the roster at age 17.
- Oldest: (35) Hendrik van Schou and Willi Strijdom.
"Zero Heroes" Edit
The following players were signed by the club as part of their expansion roster but never participated in a competitive match.
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