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African Cup of Nations Team Profile: South Africa

Saturday 15/June/2019 - 03:58 PM
South Africa team
South Africa team
Translated and Edited by: Mohamed Emad

South Africa's team is currently under the charge of Stuart Baxter، who was appointed as coach on 5 April 2017. The team's greatest achievement was winning the Africa Cup of Nations at home in 1996.
Having played their first match in 1924، they returned to the world stage in 1992، after 16 years of being banned from FIFA، and 40 years of effective suspension due to the apartheid system.
South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup when it was granted host status for the 2010 edition.
The team's Siphiwe Tshabalala was also the first player to score in this World Cup during the opening game against Mexico، which was followed by an iconic Macarena-style goal celebration from five South African players.
Despite defeating France 2–1 in their final game of the Group Stage، they failed to progress from the first round of the tournament، becoming the first host nation in the history of the FIFA World Cup to exit in the group stage.
Despite this، the team ranked 20th out of 32 sides، ranking higher than 12 teams who qualified.
Nickname: Bafana Bafana

Previous appearances: 9

Head Coach: Stuart Baxter (England)

Honours: Winners (1996)

South Africa were the last team to book their ticket to Egypt، after a 2-1 away win over Libya in Sfax (Tunisia) to wind up the qualifying phase. It marked a return to the big stage for the 1996 champions after their no-show in 2017 in Gabon.

Key Facts
South Africa are participating in their 10th Africa Cup of Nations، appearing in the final in both of their first two editions in 1996 and 1998، winning it on their debut. However، South Africa have failed to get out of the group stage in four of their last five participations.
South Africa remained unbeaten in the 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign (3 wins، 3 draws)، scoring 11 goals and conceding just twice. In fact، South Africa kept clean sheets in each of their opening four games.
Percy Tau was South Africa’s top goalscorer in 2019 AFCON qualifying، scoring four goals; double the amount of any other player for the nation.


Squad of South Africa (Group D)
Goalkeepers: Bruce Bvuma (Kaizer Chiefs)، Darren Keet (Bidvest Wits)، Ronwen Williams (SuperSport Utd)

Defenders: Sifiso Hlanti، Thulani Hlatshwayo، Buhle Mkhwanazi (all Wits)، Daniel Cardoso، Ramahlwe Mphahlele (both Chiefs)، Innocent Maela (Orlando Pirates)، Thamsanqa Mkhize (Cape Town City)

Midfielders: Hlompho Kekana، Tiyani Mabunda، Themba Zwane (all Mamelodi Sundowns)، Dean Furman (SuperSport)، Thembinkosi Lorch (Pirates)، Kamohelo Mokotjo (BrentfordENG)، Thulani Serero (Vitesse ArnhemNED)، Bongani Zungu (AmiensFRA)

Forwards: Lebogang Maboe، Sibusiso Vilakazi (both Sundowns)، Lebo Mothiba (StrasbourgFRA)، Percy Tau (Royal Union St GilloiseBEL)، Lars Veldwijk (Sparta RotterdamNED)

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