#NedbankCup2020 Club Profile: Happy Wanderers

Margate side Happy Wanderers will make a return to the Nedbank Cup after they last appeared in the competition in the 2018 season.

On that occasion they were drawn with fellow KwaZulu-Natal side Royal Eagles from the National First Division and were narrow 1-0 losers.

They were part of the SA Regional League back then, but have since won promotion to the province’s ABC Motsepe League, where they currently campaign.

The team is still only six years old and was started by Phumlani Ndwandwe, who wanted to give youngsters in the area the chance to shine.

“I started this team from scratch and in the early years I was a ‘Jomo Sono’‚ owner and coach‚” Ndwandwe said. “But I started it with a dream to give young players in the Margate area a platform to perform.

“I have said to them‚ I cannot promise you much‚ but what I can promise you is that I will give you the stage to play. It is up to you to use it and take this opportunity.”

The team plays at the South Coast Academy, though when they played Royal Eagles in 2018, the game was staged at the Sugar Ray Xulu Stadium.