Mbulelo “Sixty” Phamla
Mbulelo “Sixty” Phamla played football in the then Bophuthatswana soccer league known as BOPSOL for a team called ABC (African Ball Controllers); he also played in old NPSL (National Professional Soccer League) for Abie Nkosi’s owned Lincoln City.
My passion for football continued despite hanging up his boots, he then formed a junior team called Jabulani Vultures fc, the name was revived from the old Zondi Vultures team he also featured for as an amateur.
In 1993 this team was campaigning in the amateur leagues and participating in major amateur tournaments within and outside the Gauteng province. It is in the same year that this team was invited to participate in the then Eastern Transvaal Easter soccer tournament in Middleburg (Now Mpumalanga province), the team finished as runners up.
In 1994, the team then affiliated to SAFA structures and this is where it participated in the SAFA Caltex Colts under 19 league which at the time had teams from the professional ranks including the likes of Kaizer Chiefs fc.
In 1995 the team was now in the SAFA fourth tie (Smirnoff league) with an aim of gaining promotion to the second division. The ambition to compete in top leagues was eventually fulfilled when the team through their sponsor (Yende’s transport) bought the status of Secunda based team Ratanda Rebellions FC which campaigned in the NSL 2nd division.
In the year 2007, the team participated in the famous Phillips KO tournament which was sponsoring Soweto Football Association, Jabulani Vultures fc became the winners walking away with 16 television sets, gold medals and a soccer kit, it is then that the team had to surrender their status within Soweto Football ASSOCIATION and play in the NSL second division.
1998 the team participated in the annual Kwa Mahlobo Easter Tournament , the team emerged the victors and walked away with a prize money ,soccer kit and gold medals .at this juncture it was evident that a new team was in town , it was no surprise when the team continued to win the tournament on 3 consecutive occasions .