Thursday, August 8, 2013

8 August 1976 - There's Something About That Cup, Apparently

On 8 August 1976, AmaZulu got their record win, beating Bizana Lucky Stars 16-0 in the first round of the Benson & Hedges Cup.

Founded in 1932 as Zulu Royal Conquerors, AmaZulu is one of the oldest clubs in South Africa. Despite that pedigree, however, their only distinction up that point was winning the 1972 league title. While that remained their only silverware until they won a minor cup in 1992, they added to their place in South African football history with the win over Bizana in the first round of South Africa's premier domestic cup.

The 16-0 scoreline remained a South African record for several years, though AmaZula hit the same mark again with a win over Ford Pirates in 1986. That win was also in the first round of the cup, renamed at the time as the Mainstay Cup and now known as the Nedbank Cup.

The record finally fell in March 2012, when Mamelodi Sundowns beat Powerlines FC 24-0, which, like the two previous top scores, came in cup's first round.


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