South Africa national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

South Africa national football team Players, Coach, FIFA Rankings, Nickname, History

The South Africa national football team is a team by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. The team’s nickname is Bafana Bafana, and South Africa’s home ground is the FNB Stadium, which is located in Johannesburg. The team’s biggest result was winning the African Cup of Nations at home in 1996. The team is a member of both FIFA and the Confederation of African Football (CAF).

Football has been played in what is now South Africa since the mid-19th century. The first national team was formed at the end of the 19th century. For most of the late 20th century, South African football experienced difficult times. South Africa was disqualified from the first African Cup of Nations tournament, in 1957, because of apartheid. In 1976, in response to worldwide outrage over the violent suppression of an anti-apartheid movement called the Soweto Uprising, the International Federation of Football Association (FIFA) expelled South Africa.

Team Profile summary

Nickname: Bafana Bafana
Managed by: (SAFA) South African Football Association
Founded: 1991 Colours: Yellow, green, and white
Federation: CAF
Head coach: Hugo Henri Broos
Captain: Ronwen Williams
Most caps: Aaron Mokoena
Top scorer: Benni McCarthy
FIFA ranking: 64 (as of December 2023)
Stadium: FNB Stadium
FIFA code: RSA

South Africa national football team History

The Bafana Bafana team made its debut on the football scene through colonialism in the late 19th century, as the game was popular with British soldiers. Although the country was affected by the country’s racial segregation system, they still made it through soccer, participating in several matches afterwards.

Broos’ efforts led South Africa to a credible performance in the second round of African qualifiers for the 2022 FIFA World Cup, where South Africa was placed in a group with Ghana, Zimbabwe and Ethiopia. South Africa got off to a promising start, beating a weakened Ghana team 1-0 at home on matchday two to move top of the group. Africa remained top of the group until the final matchday when they lost 0-1 away to Ghana after a dubious penalty was awarded to Ghana in the first half. South Africa ultimately finished second to Ghana in goals scored, narrowly missing out on qualifying for the 10-team playoff final round to qualify for the World Cup.

Did Bafana Bafana qualify for Afcon 2022?

Unfortunately, the Bafana Bafana did not qualify for the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations. Their last appearance was in 2019 during the Quarter Finals. However, the team has successfully made three FIFA World Cup appearances, with their first attempt coming in 1994. Their last FIFA World Cup appearance was in 2006.

South Africa national football team Nickname

“Bafana Bafana” is a nickname that the fans give to the national team. It is Zulu and literally translates to “the boys, the boys.” Its actual meaning in Zulu is “Come in, boys! Come in, boys!”, although others take the dual usage of “Bafana” to mean “all the boys”: the team and management, as well as the spectators; union, as in the African concept of ubuntu.

South Africa national football team Home Stadium

The South African national football team does not use a single stadium as the home stadium for matches. Instead, they use a variety of stadiums throughout South Africa to host matches.

The largest venue used is the 94,700-seat Soccer City in Soweto, outside Johannesburg. Other frequently used venues include the Atteridgeville Super Stadium, outside Pretoria, the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, outside Rustenburg, the Free State Stadium in Bloemfontein, and the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

South Africa national football team Kit

south africa 2020 kits

From March 2014 to June 2020, the official supplier of the kit was the American sportswear company, Nike, for the international friendly match against Brazil.

Since June 2020, the official kit supplier has been the French sportswear company Le Coq Sportif.

The team now has a title sponsor, Castle Lager, a brand owned by South African Breweries. Smaller sponsors and providers include Energade and Tsogo Sun Hotels.

Who are South Africa National Football team players?

The following South African players were called up for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualification. Have a look.


NameDay of BirthPositionCurrent Club
Mothwa Veli1991-02-12GoalkeeperAmaZulu Durban
Vyver Lincoln2001-03-02GoalkeeperCape Town Spurs
Williams, Ronwen1992-01-21GoalkeeperSuperSport United Pretoria


Foster Lyle2000-09-03Centre ForwardVitória Guimarães
Gamildien Ruzaigh1989-04-04Left WingerMoroka Swallows Soweto
Hlongwane Bongokuhle2000-06-20Centre ForwardMaritzburg United
Lakay Fagrie1997-05-31Centre ForwardPyramids Beni-Suef
Letsoalo Victor1993-04-01Centre ForwardRoyal AM Pietermaritzburg
Links Gift1998-10-02Left WingerAarhus GF
Mabaso Tshegofatso1996-10-01Centre ForwardOrlando Pirates
Maboe Lebohang1994-09-17Left WingerMamelodi Sundowns
Makgopa Evidence2000-06-05Centre ForwardBaroka FC Polokwane
Malinga Kagiso1995-01-21Centre ForwardMoroka Swallows Soweto
Mkhulise, Sphelele1996-02-19Right WingerMamelodi Sundowns
Phohlongo Masilake1997-05-05Left WingerTS Galaxy Kameelrivier
Pule Vincent1992-03-10Left WingerOrlando Pirates
Saleng Monnapule1998-03-13Left WingerMoroka Swallows Soweto
Sibanyoni Thabang1996-01-08Secondary strikerSekhukhune United
Singh Luther1997-08-05Centre ForwardFC København
Tau Percy1994-05-13Centre ForwardAl-Ahly al-Qāhira


Coetzee Rivaldo1996-10-16Centre BackMamelodi Sundowns
De Reuck Rushine1996-02-09Centre BackMamelodi Sundowns
Dube Thabani1992-11-16Centre BackKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Farmer Denwin1996-09-19Centre BackBaroka FC Polokwane
Hlanti Sifiso1990-05-01Left BackKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Hlatshwayo Thulani1989-12-18Centre BackOrlando Pirates
Mabiliso Sibusiso1999-04-14Left BackKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Maela Innocent1992-08-14Left BackOrlando Pirates
Martin Craig1993-10-04Right BackCape Town City
Mashego Terrence1998-06-23Left BackCape Town City
Mobbie Nyiko1994-09-11Right BackSekhukhune United
Morena Thapelo1993-08-06Right BackMamelodi Sundowns
Mphahlele Mash1999-09-27Right BackBaroka FC Polokwane
Ngcobo Njabulo1994-05-27Centre BackKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Ngobeni Sifiso1997-02-08Left BackMamelodi Sundowns
Sibisi Nkosinathi1995-09-22Centre BackLamontville Golden Arrows
Sibiya Vusi1994-06-14Centre BackBaroka FC Polokwane
Xulu Siyanda1991-12-30Centre BackHapoel Tel-Aviv
Zuke Thabani1998-09-11Centre BackLamontville Golden Arrows


Blom Njabulo1999-12-11Defensive MidfielderKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Brooks Ethan2001-11-22Defensive MidfielderTS Galaxy Kameelrivier
Dolly Keagan1993-01-22Attacking MidfielderKaizer Chiefs Soweto
Jali Andile1990-04-10Centre MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns
Konqobe Ayabulela1996-01-12Centre MidfielderChippa United Port Elizabeth
Kutumela Thabiso1993-07-03Attacking MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns
Maart Yusuf1995-07-17Attacking MidfielderSekhukhune United
Mbule Sipho1998-03-22Centre MidfielderSuperSport United Pretoria
Mdantsane Mduduzi1994-12-13Centre MidfielderCape Town City
Modiba Aubrey1995-07-22Left MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns
Mokoena Teboho1997-01-24Centre MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns
Monare Thabang1989-09-16Centre MidfielderOrlando Pirates
Motshwar, Ben1991-03-21Centre MidfielderOrlando Pirates
Mvala Mothobi1994-06-14Defensive MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns
Phete Thibang1994-04-04Defensive MidfielderBelenenses SAD
Sithebe Siyethemba1993-01-06Attacking MidfielderAmaZulu Durban
Zwane Themba1989-08-03Attacking MidfielderMamelodi Sundowns

Who are the South Africa national football team captain and coach?

The South African men’s soccer team has recruited several captains and coaches since 1992, but only one of them has led them to AFCON and World Cup glory. Below are the profiles of the coaches and captains of the Bafana Bafana. Have a look.

South Africa national football team captain

Have a look at the profile summary of South Africa’s current captain.

Profile summary

Full name: Ronwen Hayden Williams
Date of birth: 21 January 1992
Age: 30 years old (as of January 2022)
Place of birth: Port Elizabeth, South Africa
Nationality: South African
Height in feet: 6’0″
Height in centimetres: 184
Position: Goalkeeper
Current team: Bafana Bafana Team, SuperSport United
Number: 30

South Africa national football team Coach

There have been several coaches since 1992. Have a look at the profile summary of the team’s current coach.

Profile summary

Full name: Hugo Henri Broos
Date of birth: 10 April 1952
Age: 69 years old (as of Feburary 2022)
Place of birth: Humbeek, Belgium
Nationality: Belgium
Height in feet: 5’11”
Height in centimetres: 180
Current team: South Africa National Football Team

South Africa national football team world rankings

According to the latest FIFA rankings, the Bafana Bafana team is in 64th position with 1,358.24 points, just after North Macedonia, which has 1,367.23 points.

What is the highest FIFA ranking of the South Africa national soccer team? The team’s highest FIFA ranking was position 16 in 1996, while its lowest ranking was position 124 in 1992.

South Africa’s national football team trophies

Have the Bafana Bafana won any trophies since they debuted on the football scene? If they have. They won their first trophy in 1996, after being the champions of the 1996 African Cup of Nations competitions.

(1996) African Cup of Nations

(1996) FIFA Best Mover of the Year

(1997) Afro-Asian Cup of Nations

(2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 and 2021) – COSAFA Cup

The South African national soccer team has raised the optimism of its fans after qualifying for the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers. Fans of the team are optimistic that the Bafana Bafana will prosper by bringing the Cup home.


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