M-Net Television purchased Pretoria City FC in July 1994. The strategy behind the purchase of a soccer club by M-Net was two fold:

1. M-NET wanted to become involved with local soccer, not necessarily only through television rights, but by buying a struggling team which they could build into one of the better teams in the country.

The future of decoder purchases lies with the emerging market and soccer is beyond doubt the most popular sport in South Africa - so the creation of strong brand awareness within soccer made sense to the long term goals of M-NET.

2. To qualify for the CAF competition in Africa within three years (and as often as possible thereafter) and therefore use the team as a marketing tool for the Supersport Television Channel that broadcasts sport into Africa.

Coinciding with the purchase of the club was the purchase of a number of high profile local soccer players.

Even with the new acquisitions the team continued to struggle in the lower rungs of the league, and consequently was relegated to the 2nd division at the end of 1994. The second division gave the team character and perseverance.

They were never toppled from the top of the Northern Transvaal stream, winning the stream and going into the national playoffs with the winners of the three other streams in the country. Pretoria City FC won the 2nd division of the NSL and was promoted to the 1st division at the end of 1995. Not only was the team successful in the 2nd division by winning the league, but also in the National Cup competition - The Bob Save Superbowl.

Pretoria City went on to play in the final of the Bob Save Superbowl but unfortunately lost 3-2 against Cape Town Spurs (who also won the 1st division title).

This was the first time in South African soccer history that a 2nd division soccer team had reached the final of the National Cup competition and thereby qualified to play in the Confederation of African Football Cup Winners Cup Competition for Second and Third division teams.

One of the most significant off the field developments was the decision of the M-Net backed Pretoria City Board to apply to change the name of the Club to Supersport United Football Club and thereby start the process of maximising brand awareness and applying the sound commercial principles that had made M-NET a financial success in broadcasting as well as their other sports holdings.

M-NET made application to the NSL to change the name to Supersport United FC and this was duly agreed during the NSL’s Annual General Meeting.

Supersport United FC was born.

Since 1997 Supersport United have been relatively consistent performers in the Premier Soccer League and in 1999 they won the Bob Save Superbowl – beating Kaizer Chiefs in the final.

Club highlights:

6th in Absa Premiership
Nedbank Cup Finalists
MTN8 Finalists


  • Absa Premiership Champions


  • Absa Premiership Champions


  • Absa Premiership Champions


  • SAA Supa8 Runners-up


  • SAA Supa8 Champions
  • Absa Cup Champions
  • Coca-Cola Cup runners-up


  • Finished 3rd in the Castle Premiership


  • Castle Premiership Runners-up
  • Qualified for African Champions League
  • Semifinalists of the BP Top 8 Cup Competition


  • Castle Premiership Runners-up


  • Finished 8th in the Premier Soccer League
  • BP Top 8 Cup Competition qualification


  • Signed a co-operation agreement with Feyenoord Rotterdam of Holland


  • Bob Save Superbowl Champions
  • 8th in the Premier Soccer League
  • CAF Cup qualification


  • Winners of the 2nd division NSL
  • Runners up of the Bob Save Superbowl
  • Winners of the Sparletta Challenge Cup
  • CAF Cup qualification

    Players that have have featured in the national teams:

  • Thomas Madigage - 4 Caps
  • Abram Raselemane - 7 Caps
  • Themba Mnguni - 13 Caps
  • Peter Khoabane - 3 Caps
  • Molefi Ntsoelengoe - 4 Caps (U/20)
  • Cavann Sibeko - 1 Cap (U/23)
  • Thando Mngomeni - 8 Caps (U/20) & 1 Cap (U/23)
  • Siboniso Gaxa - 8 Caps (U/20)
  • Wayne Sandilands - 1 Cap (U/20)
  • Kaitano Tembo - Zimbabwean International
  • Dennis Masina - Swazi International

    Board of directors:

  • Happy Ntshingila - CEO of SuperSport International
  • Khulu Sibiya - Chairman of SUFC and Supersport International Holdings
  • Nolo Letele - CEO of Multichoice SA
  • Imtiaz Patel - Group CEO Multichoice
  • Brandon Foot - Legal Councillor
  • Graham Abrahams - Director of Enterprise
  • Nazeer Wadee - CFO

    Management and technical team:

  • Cavin Johnson - Head Coach
  • Kwanele Kopo - Assistant Coach
  • Coltrane Munyai - Team Manager
  • Steward Masela - GM Corporate Affairs
  • Stan Matthews - Director of Football
  • Dominic Busschau - Logistics Manager
  • David Skosana - Club Consultant
  • Cheryl Lewis - PA to the Director of Football
  • Joe Boshiela - Kit Manager
  • Patrick Molepo - Assistant Kit Manager
  • Dr Mamosilo Lichaba - Team Doctor
  • Dr Raphuti Lethlago - Team Doctor
  • Jacqui McCord-Uys - Physiotherapist
  • Bafana Sihlali - Physiotherapist
  • Nathi Shongwe - Excercise Scientist
  • Freddy Khoza - Transport
  • Pedro Nxusa -Transport
  • Koos Africa - Head of Security
  • Ricky Manna - Stadium Manager
  • Brian Moshoeshoe - Social Media
  • Gloria Nyati - Office Admin
  • Lucas Matlou - Content Reporter

  • Brian Moshoeshoe - Social Media