Story Behind My Nickname - King Kenny


In this edition of Story Behind My Nickname, former striker Kenny Niemach details the origin behind his Moroka Swallows nickname "King Kenny".

Niemach featured for Swallows in a loan period from Mamelodi Sundowns when the Dube Birds bestowed the "king" moniker after an impressive spell.

"You know when I went to Moroka Swallows they were getting relegated," Niemach tells

"When I joined them I think they had 13 games left of the season, so they needed to win eleven of them.

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"I played 11, I missed two of those games. I scored 11 or 12 goals in those 11 games.

"So they were calling me 'our King Kenny', and they were calling me u- Swai Swai [laughs].

"That came from Moroka Swallows. As soon as I arrived there the whole thing of King Kenny came into being.

"So it went on from there, I never put it on myself, it was given to me by the people, and it just stuck.

"The supporters of Swallows, I mean they were great to me the way they received me.

"Because at the time we had Viktor Bondarenko as a coach. He never put me in a specific position. He said to me 'Kenny go out there and make my team win.'

"The last two games I didn't play I had an injury but they survived.

"At Sundowns they used to call me Kenny Majozi. At Chiefs, I was King Kenny but it carried over from Swallows, it started at Swallows and I accepted it."