South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team

The South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team is a South African football team that represents the Republic of South Africa. The team is administered by the South African Football Association (SAFA) uses the FNB Stadium as its home ground situated at the same location, Nasrec, as SAFA headquarters.

 Bafana Bafana

Official Name

South Africa National Football Team
Official Nickname Bafana Bafana
Founded 1992
Confederation CAF
Sub-Confederation COSAFA
Association SAFA
Head Coach Ephraim “Shakes” Mashaba
Captain Dean Furman
Most Caps Aaron Mokoena (107)
Top Scorer Benni McCarthy (32)
Home Ground FNB Stadium


Fifa Code RSA
Fifa Ranking 52 Steady
Highest Fifa Ranking 16 (1996, August)
Lowest Fifa Ranking 124 (1992, December)
CAF Ranking 12
Elo Ranking 57

Results Records

First Match July 7, 1992 – Durban, KZN
won 1-0 against Cameroon
Biggest Win
Biggest Defeat 0-5 against Brazil
March 5, 2014, JHB

The South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team existed under the British colonial powers and later under the ruthless apartheid regime prior to the 1992 readmission and establishment of Bafana Bafana.

The game of football in South Africa can be traced back to the arrival of colonialists in the late nineteenth century, especially popular among British Soldiers.

Then and throughout the apartheid years, the game of football and association football in South Africa was affected by racial segregation.

In 1892 the Football Association of South Africa (FASA) for whites only was founded.

In 1903 the South African Indian Football Association (SAIFA) was founded.

In 1933 the South African Bantu Football Association (SABFA) was founded for blacks only – this excluded “bi-racial” and/ or “mixed-race” as well as “non indigenous African language speaking” black South Africans which were classified – and to this day remain – Coloureds.

It is VERY IMPORTANT to note that there was and still is a significant number of “Coloureds” who speak indigenous African languages which are part of the 11 official languages of South Africa.

In 1936 the South African Coloured Football Association (SACFA) was founded, this association was for the previously mentioned Peoples of South Africa.

Apartheid South Africa was one of the four African nations that went to the Fifa congress of 1953 and demanded representation on the Fifa executive committee and later granted.

As a result, apartheid South Africa was one of the four founding nations of the Confederation of African Football (CAF) in 1956 – others being Ethiopia, Egypt and Sudan.

Fred Fell, representative of apartheid South Africa, sat at the first meeting as the founding member.

The successful founding of CAF resulted in the commissioning of the 1957 African Cup of Nations in which all four founding nations were to compete in the inaugural continental showpiece, apartheid South Africa woke up to a bitter realization that their discriminatory ways and constitution prohibited racially mixed teams from competitive sports.

The other three founding nations of CAF deemed this view of apartheid South Africa reprehensible and unacceptable, apartheid South Africa was disqualified from the inaugural African Cup of Nations which took place in 1957 in Sudan from February 10, 1957 to February 16, 1957. Egypt went to win their first title ahead of Ethiopia (runner up) and host nation, Sudan (3rd place).

In 1958, at the second CAF conference, apartheid South Africa was formally expelled from CAF while in the same year Fifa admitted FASA – a whites only apartheid South Africa football association.

In August 1960 Fifa gave an ultimatum of one year to Apartheid South Africa’s FASA to fall in line with with the non-discriminatory regulations of Fifa.

On September 26, 1961 at the annual Fifa conference FASA was formally suspended from Fifa.

Then president of The Football Association of England, Sir Stanley Rous, who had advocated for the membership of apartheid South Africa to Fifa was elected Fifa president a few days after the suspension of FASA.

Although faced with the fiercest opposition Sir Stanley Rous continued to resist the expulsion of apartheid South Africa’s FASA from Fifa.

In January 1963 the FASA suspension from Fifa was lifted after Sir Stanley Rous visited apartheid South Africa investigate the state of football in the country. He claimed that that if the suspension were not lifted, football there would be discontinued, possibly to the point of no recovery.

In October 1964 at the annual Fifa conference in Tokyo, where a larger contingent of representatives from African and Asian associations attended, the suspension of apartheid South Africa’s FASA was re-imposed.

In 1976 at the height of political tensions in apartheid South Africa, as the oppressed peoples of that country continued to defy and vehemently oppose the unjust apartheid system, and in the wake of the Soweto Uprising where the government of apartheid South Africa sent its armed white soldiers to Soweto where they killed scores of unarmed black school children – Fifa finally expelled apartheid South Africa’s FASA.


Formation of the South African Football Association (SAFA) and readmission to Fifa

South-Africa-Football-Association-LogoIn 1991 as apartheid South Africa faced extinction, a new all inclusive football administrator was founded on December 8, 1991, The South African Football Association (SAFA).

In June 1992 the Fifa membership of the Republic of South Africa’s SAFA was confirmed at the Fifa congress in Zürich.

The CAF membership followed automatically as a result of Fifa membership.


Early International Competition

On July  1992, the newly formed SAFA’s Bafana Bafana faced and beat Cameroon 1–0 at Kings Park Stadium (reportedly not toady’s Moses Mabhida Stadium although known as Kings Park Stadium prior to demolition and reconstruction but instead, what was known as Absa Stadium across the street from Moses Mabhida Stadium) in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province (at the time Natal Province) of South Africa.

Bafana Bafana entered the 1994 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers and was placed in Group 5, along with Mauritius, Zambia and Zimbabwe. They won one game, away to Mauritius, and drew to Mauritius and Zimbabwe at home. The team finished third in the group and failed to qualify.

They also entered the 1994 FIFA World Cup qualifiers South Africa was placed in Group D, along with Congo, Libya and Nigeria. Libya withdrew from the qualifiers. South Africa beat Congo home and away. They drew to Nigeria at home and lost away. South Africa finished second in the group, and failed to qualify for the next stage of the qualifiers.


Rise to Continental Glory, Fifa World Cup Qualification and Sustained Growth

In 1996 South Africa hosted the CAF African Cup of Nations. In that tournament, under the guidance of Clive Barker, Bafana Bafana overwhelmed Cameroon 3-0 in their opening match and although they lost 1-0 to Egypt, they went on to top the group due their superior goal difference.

Nelson-Mandela-Bafana-Bafana-Niel ToveyIn the knockout stages, Bafana Bafana edged out Algeria 2-1 in the quarter-finals, pummeled Ghana 3-0 in the in the semi-finals and concluded their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Tunisia to lift the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations.

Clive Barker led Bafana Bafana on a successful 1998 Fifa World Cup qualification campaign but following a string of unsatisfactory results, 1996 African Cup of Nations winning coach, Clive Barker was fired and replaced with former Orlando Pirates striker and Jomo Cosmos boss – Jomo Sono.

In 1998 Jomo Sono guided Bafana Bafana to a second place at African Cup of Nations held in Burkina Faso. In the 1998 African Cup of Nations Bafana Bafana lost to the only nation that had defeated them in the previous edition of the tournament held in their home country – South Africa.

Bafana Bafana had also qualified for the 1998 Fifa World Cup which was to be held in France, going to their first ever Fifa World Cup, they were led by Philippe Troussier.

In their first ever World Cup finals match, Bafana Bafana received a hostile welcome at the hands of the host nation when they were defeated 3-0. They went on to salvage some pride as they held Denmark to a 1-1 draw and concluded they debut world cup campaign with a 2-2 draw against Saudi Arabia.

Bafana Bafana started the new millennium strong, under newly appointed Trott Moloto they would finish third 0n the 2000 African Cup of Nations – in the top for the third consecutive time.

Bafana Bafana JerseyTrott Moloto soon made way for Portuguese coach Carlos Queiroz who helped Bafana Bafana qualify for the 2002 Africa Cup of Nations, in the edition of the tournament Bafana Bafana were knocked out in the Quarter-finals by Mali who were hosting the tournament that year.

Carlos Queiroz had also orchestrated a successful 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualification campaign but in the end never went to the finals held in Korea/ Japan. Carlos Queiroz reportedly resigned due to SAFA politics and constant interference.

Jomo Sono was installed as caretaker coach to lead Bafana Bafana in the 2002 Fifa World Cup held in Korea/Japan. Bafana Bafana was placed in Group E along with Paraguay, Spain and tournament debutant Slovenia.

Bafana Bafana had high hopes of progressing to the knockout phase of the tournament. After earning a 2–2 draw against Paraguay in their opening game with a last-gasp penalty from Quinton Fortune and following it up with their first every victory at the finals with a 1–0 win over Slovenia, Bafana Bafana headed into their final group stages match against Spain second in the group and 3 points clear of Paraguay and Slovenia.

Bafana Bafana came from a goal down on two occasions in an agonizing 3–2 defeat to Spain. Paraguay’s  3–1 victory over Slovenia left both Paraguay and South Africa level on 4 points, the deciding factor moved onto a third tiebreaker; goals scored, and as Paraguay had scored six goals to South Africa’s five, they progressed to the Round of 16 at the expense of South Africa.


Decline, Coaching Instability, 2010 World Cup and Sustained Struggles

After the 2002 World Cup and leading up to the 2006 FIFA World Cup, SAFA would go through four Bafana Bafana head coaches; Shakes Mashaba (2002–2004), April Phumo (2004), Stuart Baxter (2004–2005), Ted Dumitru (2005–2006) and caretaker Pitso Mosimane (2006).

None of which were able to match the successes seen in the period 1996–2002 as Bafana Bafana, under April Phumo, failed to progress beyond the group stages of the 2004 Africa Cup of Nations following the firing of Shakes Mashaba on the eve of that tournament and again exited in the group stages of the 2006 Africa Cup of Nations, failing to register a single goal.

South Africa had lost to Germany in the bid to host the 2006 Fifa World Cup and Bafana Bafana failed to qualify for the that World Cup in Germany. After being placed in Group 2 for qualifying, Bafana Bafana lost out to Ghana.

In light persisting poor performances SAFA decided that the hiring of a more experienced coach was essential. SAFA approached former World Cup-winner and Brazilian national team coach Carlos Alberto Parreira for the job and he accepted.

He signed a R100 million contract covering four years. His term as manager started 1 January 2007 targeting the 2010 FIFA World Cup, which South Africa had been awarded the right to host.

Under Carlos Alberto Parreira, with his rich history of success at the international level, Bafana Bafana was expected to improve, but early signs were not good as they exited the 2008 Africa Cup of Nations on group stages once again.

The situation was further compounded by the resignation of Carlos Alberto Parreira in April 2008 due to family reasons. Carlos Alberto Parreira hand-picked Joel Santana as his successor, Joel Santana was signed to coach the team until 2010.

Under Joel Santana Bafana Bafana would slide into its darkest period in international football since its founding in 1992. Joel Santana failed qualify for the 2010 Africa Cup of Nations with football characterized by a complete lack of creativity and little goal-scoring threat, Bafana Bafana tumbled down the FIFA rankings and was at one point not even ranked among Africa’s top-10 nations.

Bafana Bafana - All Gold JerseyJoel Santana was fired in 2009 and Carlos Alberto Parreira would return in time for the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup – also hosted by home country South Africa and Bafana Bafana would see an improvement in performance, holding its own against then European champions Spain and perennial powerhouse Brazil, the latter requiring an 88th minute goal to overcome South Africa in the semi-finals.

Bafana Bafana would ultimately finish 4th, following a thrilling 3–2 loss to the Spanish in the 3rd/4th Place Playoff.

Under Bafana Bafana embarked on an unbeaten streak from November 14, 2009 to June 16, 2010 when the lost to Uruguay in their second group stages match in the 2010 Fifa World Cup held in their home country South Africa.

In the 2010 Fifa World Cup, the first to be held in the African continent, Bafana Bafana was placed in Group A, along with Mexico, eventual semi-finalists Uruguay and former world champions France.

Bafana Bafana played their opening match of the 2010 Fifa World Cup to a 1–1 draw against Mexico, The followed up with a 3–0 drubbing at the hands of Uruguay –  a Mexican victory over France left Bafana Bafana with a mountain to climb in order to progress beyond the group stage.

For the deciding match against France, Carlos Alberto Parreira discarded his previous tactics of a defensive-minded five-man midfield and a lone striker in favour of a more attacking formation using two strikers, as up until the France game Bafana Bafana had focused more on not losing than on trying to win, but the defeat against Uruguay along with Mexico’s victory over France had now left them with a goal difference of negative three that needed to be overcome in order for them to progress. South Africa would also require a favour from Uruguay, needing the Uruguayans to inflict a sizeable defeat on the Mexicans to aid their chances of progress.

In the end Bafana Bafana secured a historic 2-1 victory over France, while Uruguay ran out 1–0 victors over Mexico. Just like in the 2002 Fifa World Cup, Bafana Bafana finished level on points with second place but were eliminated, this time on goal difference.

Elimination in the group stage made South Africa the first hosts to fail to progress beyond the first round of a World Cup.

When the 2010 Fifa World Cup concluded and Carlos Alberto Parreira’s contract expired, he announced his retirement from coaching.

As part of his contract, Carlos Alberto Parreira had also drawn up a plan of recommendations extending as far as football development at grass-roots level that SAFA was encouraged to review in the hopes of reviving the fortunes of the national football team.

Pitso Mosimane, who had been Carlos Alberto Parreira’s assistant, was selected as the new head coach with Carlos Alberto Parreira’s blessings.

Pitso MosimaneUnder coach Pitso Mosimane Bafana Bafana became a laughing stock when they failed to qualify for the 2012 African Cup of Nations while believing that they had qualified – this was due to SAFA’s misinterpretation or even misreading of the qualifying rules.

They played for and achieved a draw at home in Mbombela, Mpumalanga province against Sierra Leone in a game they needed to win, when news about Niger trailing in Egypt was received, leading to the qualification of Niger at their and also Sierra Leone expense.

The player celebrated at the end of the match as if they had qualified.

Bafana Bafana Mbombela SagaThe South Africa Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) also announced that Bafana Bafana had qualified and the then SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani then congratulated the team on TV before realizing that the had not qualified.

SAFA claimed that they would appeal to CAF but the appeal was later withdrawn.

Pitso Mosimane struggled so bad as Bafana Bafana coach that he racked up 7 successive draws including a 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification match against Ethiopia at Royal Bafokeng in Phokeng in the North West province of South Africa.

The draw against Ethiopia brought about Pitso Mosimane dismissal and he was replaced with Steve Komphela who was installed as interim coach.

In his first game in-charge as interim head coach, Steve Komphela oversaw yet another uninspired performance in South Africa’s second 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifier against Botswana as they drew yet again,making it 8 successive draws.

In his second and final match, Steve Komphela ended Bafana Bafana win-less run when he overwhelmed Gabon 3-0 at Mbombela Stadium in Mpumalanga, South Africa.

Although there were other names making the rounds in the media, Steve Komphela and Gordon Igesund were front-runners to replace Pitso Mosimane, and on June 30, 2012 Gordon Igesund was appointed as the new head coach


Gordon Igesund Era; 2012 to 2014

Gordon Igesund was given a mandate to reach the semi-finals of the 2013 African Cup of Nations and qualify for the 2014 Fifa World Cup.

Gordon IgesundIn the wake of the Libyan Revolution and the overthrowing and killing of Muammar al-Gaddafi, CAF made the decision to move the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations from Libya – who were the original hosts – to South Africa on the grounds of safety and security.

Libya was then given the right to host the 2017 edition of the tournament, which was originally awarded to South Africa. As hosts of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, South Africa will automatically qualify for the competition.

Gordon Igesund started his tenure as Bafana Bafana coach with a trip to Brazil where his b lend of youth, experience and new faces displayed an inspired performance against the 5 times world champions.

Although they were defeated 1-0, Bafana Bafana’s performance against Brazil was welcomed and praised by the South African media and was the subject of positive discussions – this was at the time when Gordon Igesund himself was viewed as something of a hero having guide the lowly Moroka Swallows to a second place finish on the domestic league.

Four days after the match with Brazil, Bafana Bafana returned to South Africa where the played and defeated Mozambique 2-0, a month later they lost 1-0 away to Poland four days later won 2-1 away to Kenya, a month later lost a Nelson Mandela Challenge match 1-0 at home against Zambia who were defending African Cup of Nations Champions.

Gordon Igesund headed to his sixth match, the last of 2012 with 3 defeats and 2 victories – he guided Bafana Bafana to a comfortable 3-1 victory against Malawi.

Bafana Bafana started 2013 with a 1-0 defeat at home against Norway and followed it up with a goalless draw against Algeria.

On January 19, 2013 The 2013 African Cup of Nations began in South Africa. Bafana Bafana began their campaign with a goalless draw against Cape Verde Islands, followed up with 2-0 victory against Angola and played their final groups stages match against Morocco which ended in a 2-2 draw.

Bafana Bafana progress beyond the group stages for the first time since 2002, in the quarter-finals they faced Mali, played to a 1-1 draw and lost on penalties. This meant he had failed to achieve the first goal but SAFA overlooked this and did not fire Gordon Igesund.

Under Gordon Igesund, Bafana Bafana played four 2014 Fifa World Cup qualification matches; won 2-1 at home against Central African Republic, won 3-0 away to Central African Republic, lost 2-1 away to Ethiopia and finished off their first stage of World Cup qualifiers with a 4-1 victory at home against Botswana.

Three victories and one defeat proved insufficient when combined with points dropped by Bafana Bafana at home against Ethiopia as well as those dropped against Botswana. Gordon Igesund had failed to achieve the second goal but his contract was not terminated.

Gordon Igesund also took charge of Bafana Bafana during the 2014 African Nations Championship whereby all national teams field home based players only, Bafana Bafana was unable to progress to the knock out stages.

Under Gordon Igesund, Bafana Bafana went to register a historic 1-0 victory against then reigning European and World Champions, before his departure, Gordon Igesund led Bafana Bafana to an undesirable record of the biggest defeat and they were trounced 5-0 by Brazil at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, Gauteng, South Africa.

Bafana Bafana traveled to Australia and New Zealand where the played 1-1 and a 0-0 draw respectively.

On Monday June 2, 2014 Danny Jordaan, the president of the South African Football Association confirmed that Gordon Igesund’s contract will not be renewed after it expires at the end of August 2014.

On Saturday July 26, 2014 SAFA appointed former Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba who was fired form the post in 2004 due to disagreements with SAFA bosses.


Shakes Mashaba Era; 2014 – to date

Shakes Mashaba took charge of Bafana Bafana in a match against Sudan on September 05, 2014 at Al-Merreikh Stadium in Omdurman in Sudan, going to that match, he selected the most diverse squad in recent years – which included AmaZulu’s Bongani Ndulula.

Shakes MashabaAlthough the Sudan vs Bafana Bafana match started slow, the introduction of Sibusiso Vilakazi of BidVest Wits transformed the complexion of the match and Bafana Bafana went on to win the match 3-0 including a goal by debutant Bongani Ndulula.

Shakes Mashaba’s Bafana Bafana returned to South Africa from Sudan to play against Nigeria on September 10, 2014 at Cape Town Stadium in Cape Town in the Western Cape province of South Africa.

In the Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria match, Shakes Mashaba played three renowned midfield maestros; Dean Furman of Doncaster Rovers, Andile Jali of K.V. Oostende and Oupa Manyisa of Orlando Pirates. The trio dictated the terms of the match, winning the ball, cutting off and frustrating Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana held Nigeria to a goalless draw, a performance that was welcomed by the South African community. Under Gordon Igesund Bafana Bafana played Nigeria twice and lost 2-0 and 3-1 respectively.

Shakes Mashaba went to lead Bafana Bafana to the top of the group in their qualification campaign with a 2-0 victory over Congo, a 0-0 draw against Congo, a 2-1 victory over Sudan and a 2-2 draw against Nigeria.


Bafana Bafana qualified for the 2015 African Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea as group winners; at the draw held in Malabo, the capital of Equatorial Guinea on December 3, 2014 they were placed in pot 3 and drawn to Group C with Algeria, Ghana and Senegal.

Bafana Bafana began their 2015 Afcon campaign with a match against Algeria at Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo; in that match they took the lead shortly after the second half began, not long after they were awarded a penalty and a chance to double their lead but Tokelo Rantie hit the cross-bar.

Algeria equalized shortly after through an own goal and went on to defeat Bafana Bafana 3-1; in their second match against Senegal at Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo Bafana Bafana once again took the lead and later squandered it to draw 1-1 and in their last match of group stages they faced Ghana.

In the match against Ghana at Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo South Africa scored first and went on to lose the match 2-1 effectively ending their 2015 Afcon campaign.



Team Image

The South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team is officially known as South Africa National Football Team although there many other South Africa National Football Team including that women, men’s under 23 among others.

All South African football teams are identified by their nicknames, the South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team is nicknamed “Bafana Bafana”. The name was reportedly given to the team by the fans on July 7, 1992 when the South Africa Senior Men’s National Football Team was on the verge of beating Cameroon on their inaugural match.

Journalists from The Sowetan started using the name in print when referring to the team. For a while the name was only use informally as SAFA was doubtful about it’s commercial viability.

The name itself is Zulu and its literal translation is “the boys, the boys” while its actual meaning in Zulu is, “Go boys! Go boys!”, though others take the double use of “Bafana” to mean “all of the boys”; the team and management, as well as the spectators. Togetherness, as in the African concept of Ubuntu.

Standton Woodrush Ltd applied to trademark the name in 1993. The trademark was granted, but was for clothing only. In 1994, the team’s technical sponsor at the time, Kappa, applied for the trademarks “Bafana” and “Bafana Bafana” in class 25. These were granted, and subsequently passed on to SAFA. In 1997 SAFA filed for the trademark “Bafana Bafana” for all goods and services, in all classes.

SAFA then applied to have Standton Woodrush Ltd removed from the trade marks register, on the grounds that SAFA was the rightful owner of the name. The case was dismissed on the ground that SAFA was not an interested person within the meaning of this term as used in the Trade Marks Act No. 94 of 1993, which provides that only an interested party has legal standing to seek relief.

SAFA made another application to gain ownership of the trade mark, with the second application going to the Appeal Court. The court again found that SAFA did not have the necessary grounds for ownership of the name in all classes. The court held that an intention to use a mark does not create a preference to registration, and that the proprietor of a trade mark need not be its originator.

In 2011 SAFA paid R5 million to Standton Woodrush Ltd for rights to the name “Bafana Bafana”, in class 25 and all other classes.

  • Jersey

Bafana Bafana - 1996 Jersy - Phil MasingaThe Bafana Bafana jersey has traditionally been made up of combinations of the colours green and gold, South Africa’s sporting colours.

The earliest Jersey Bafana Bafana wore, perhaps the most memorable as it is the same jersey they wore in the 1996 CAF African Cup of Nations final against Tunisia, was gold from the shoulders down to the third, the mid section was black while the bottom half was white.

The shorts ware green an the numbers were white on shorts and grey on the shirts, the socks were a different shade of gold to that of the shirts.

That kit was manufactured by Kapa who also manufactured the kit for the 1998 CAF Africa Cup of Nations and the 1998 Fifa World Cup in France.

When Kapa exited and was replaced by Adidas, the white colour became prominent in the Bafana Bafana jersey for a while in the late 90s and early 2000s before disappearing completely.

While black has always been there, it was never prominent but when the white disappeared on the Bafana Bafana jersey black disappeared with it.

Bafana Bafana - 2010 Jersey - Mathew BoothToday’s “Green & Gold” has endured since then, often used as gold shirts with green markings and green shorts with gold markings.

The away kit would often be the reverse of the home kit with shirts being green and shorts, gold. Although sometimes they would wear an all gold kit and sometimes an all green.

In 2011 when Puma came along, they maintained the same colours as Adidas, the appearance and colour scheme appeared virtually unchanged except for the conspicuous absence of the Adidas stripes.

In March 2014 in a match against Brazil where Bafana Bafana was heavily defeated 5-0 at FNB Stadium, the wore a strange looking all white Nike kit with 46664 written in black in front.

They have since played with their “traditional” green and gold kit, now being manufactured by Nike, this kit is however not available to the public as it not official.

The Bafana Bafana kit will be unveiled in January 2015- it is reportedly being designed and that process often takes up to 12 months.

Bafana Bafana - Andile Jali - PaulinhoOn the jersey there has always been a SAFA logo rather than that of Bafana Bafana which appears on the of their Bus when they are playing at home and often seen with sponsors on the advertisement boards.

The one side has a SAFA logo and the other while the carries the Protea flower, a national sporting symbol of South Africa, and the kit manufacture log often appear in the middle.

The Protea was not always there, it started appearing after 1996, first displayed in the middle on the Kappa manufactured jerseys and later appeared on the Adidas one but did not appear on those sold to the fans.

When Puma took over, the Protea became a permanent fixture across the board.

In what has been seen and is presumably the front layout of the up coming Nike shirt, this includes the green and gold with prominent white stitching worn by Bafana Bafana against Sudan and against Nigeria – the Protea is on the left side of the shirt while the SAFA logo is on the right side, above the SAFA logo is a Nike logo.

On December 4, 2014 Nike and the South African Football Association revealed a official new kit for Bafana Bafana, this was after the team had played with an unofficial kit for at least nine months.

New Bafana Bafana Nike Kit UnveiledThat kit had first appeared on March 5, 2014 in a match against match against Brazil in which Bafana Bafana, under the mentorship of Gordon Igesund, were humiliated by 5 goals to nothing at FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

The kit last appeared on Sunday November 30, 2014 in a Nelson Mandela Challenge match against Ivory Coast, in that match Bafana Bafana – led by Shakes Mashaba and captained by Thamsanqa Sangweni – brushed aside Ivory Coast by 2 goals to nothing.

When the long awaited that design was finally revealed, it is very important to note that it was remarkably similar to that of Australia – at least o the pictures.

South Africa and Australia have long shared similar colours (green and gold), especially in the Olympic Games where their “green and gold” appears to be similar tones.

In the Olympics the design has always been distinctly different despite similar colours in similar tones, most notably On August 2, 2012 when James Thompson, John Smith, Matthew Brittain and Sizwe Ndlovu pulled away to their victory in the 2012 London Olympic Games in Men’s lightweight coxless four in Rowing -there were confusions over the teams identity due to national colours.

However in football South Africa’s gold has always been closer to yellow, much lighter in tone and the green has always been a darker shade. Based on the images released by Nike on December 2014 the Bafana Bafana colours will be much closer to those of the Springboks (South African Senior Men’s Rugby Team) as well.

  • Home Ground

FNB Stadium, Nasrec, Johannesburg, Gauteng, SOuth AfricaBafana Bafana’s home ground is the FNB Stadium in Nasrec, Johannesburg in the Gauteng province of South Africa. The Stadium at the same address as the South African Football Association headquarters.

The 90 000 seater FNB Stadium is only Bafana Bafana’s home ground on paper but does not exclusively host every single match played by Bafana Bafana at home.

Bafana Bafana played their inaugural match at Kings Park Stadium (widely known as Absa Stadium) in Durban in the KwaZulu-Natal province of of South Africa.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, KwaZulu-Natal, South AfricaPrior to the 2010 Fifa World Cup, Bafana Bafana used the Ellis Park Stadium.

In recent years Mbombela Stadium has been among the favourites to host the national side along with the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban situated across the street from Kings Park Stadium.

Cape Town Stadium in the Western Cape, Royal Bafokeng Stadium (Phokeng, North West) and Peter Mokaba Stadium (Polokwane, Limpopo) have all also hosted Bafana Bafana on occasion.



Bafana Bafana Matches and Timeline

Date Match Competition Venue Coach
1992.07.07 Bafana Bafana 1-0 Cameroon International Friendly Kings Park Stadium, Durban Stanley Tshabalala
1995.12.15 Bafana Bafana 0-0 Germany International Friendly Clive Barker
2013.09.07 Bafana Bafana 4-1 Botswana 2014 Fifa WC Qualifier Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Gordon Igesund
2013.09.10 Bafana Bafana 1-2 Zimbabwe International Friendly Orlando Stadium, Soweto, Johannesburg Gordon Igesund
2013.10.11 Morocco 1-1 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Stade d’Agadir, Agadir Gordon Igesund
2013.11.15 Swaziland 0-3 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba Gordon Igesund
2013.11.19 Bafana Bafana 1-0 Spain International Friendly FNB Stadium, Johannesburg Gordon Igesund
2014.01.11 Bafana Bafana 3-1 Mozambique CHAN Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Gordon Igesund
2014.01.15 Bafana Bafana 1-1 Mali CHAN Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Gordon Igesund
2014.01.19 Nigeria 3-1 Bafana Bafana CHAN Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Gordon Igesund
2014.03.05 Bafana Bafana 0-5 Brazil International Friendly FNB Stadium, Johannesburg Gordon Igesund
2014.05.26 Australia 1-1 Bafana Bafana International Friendly ANZ Stadium, Sydney Gordon Igesund
2014.05.30 New Zealand 0-0 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Mount Smart Stadium, Penrose Gordon Igesund
2014.09.05 Sudan 0-3 Bafana Bafana 2015 AFCON Qualification Al-Merreikh Stadium, Omdurman Shakes Mashaba
2014.09.10 Bafana Bafana 0-0 Nigeria 2015 AFCON Qualification Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town Shakes Mashaba
2014.10.11 Congo 0-2 Bafana Bafana 2015 AFCON Qualification Stade Municipal de Pointe-Noire, Pointe-Noire Shakes Mashaba
2014.10.15 Bafana Bafana 0-0 Congo 2015 AFCON Qualification Peter Mokaba Stadium, Polokwane Shakes Mashaba
2014.11.15 Bafana Bafana 2-1 Sudan 2015 AFCON Qualification Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Shakes Mashaba
2014.11.19 Nigeria 2-2 Bafana Bafana 2015 AFCON Qualification Akwa Ibom Stadium, Uyo Shakes Mashaba
2014.11.30 Bafana Bafana 2-0 Ivory Coast Nelson Mandela Challenge Mbombela Stadium, Mbombela Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.04 Bafana Bafana 1-0 Zambia International Friendly Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.10 Cameroon 1-1 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Stade d’Angondjé, Libreville Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.14 Mali 0-3 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Stade Augustin Monédan de Sibang, Libreville
Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.19 Algeria 3-1 Bafana Bafana 2015 CAF AFCON Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.23 Bafana Bafana 1-1 Senegal 2015 CAF AFCON Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo Shakes Mashaba
2015.01.27 Bafana Bafana 1-2 Ghana 2015 CAF AFCON Estadio de Mongomo, Mongomo Shakes Mashaba
2015.03.25 Swaziland 1-3 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Somhlolo National Stadium, Lobamba Shakes Mashaba
2015.03.29 Bafana Bafana 1-1 Nigeria International Friendly Mbombela Stadium, Nelspruit Shakes Mashaba
2015.05.14 Lesotho 0-0 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Setsoto Stadium, Maseru Shakes Mashaba
2015.05.16 Lesotho 1-1 Bafana Bafana International Friendly Setsoto Stadium, Maseru Shakes Mashaba
2015.05.24 Bafana Bafana 0-0_[6-7_P] Botswana COSAFA Cup
Moruleng Stadium, Lesetlheng Shakes Mashaba
2015.05.27 Bafana Bafana 0-0_[4-5_P] Malawi COSAFA Cup Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Phokeng Shakes Mashaba
2015.06.13 Bafana Bafana 0-0 Gambia 2017 AFCON Qualification Moses Mabhida Stadium Shakes Mashaba
2015.06.16 Bafana Bafana vs Angola International Friendly Cape Town Stadium, Cape Town
Shakes Mashaba




The Death of Senzo Meyiwa

On Sunday night October 26, 2014 the captain of Bafana Bafana, Senzo Meyiwa, was shot in Vosloorus in the Gauteng province of South Africa. He was declared dead on arrival at hospital.

Senzo Meyiwa first earned a call up when the national team was still under coach Gordon Igesund during the 2013 African Cup of Nations held in South Africa, in that tournament he did not make any appearance.

Senzo Meyiwa made his first appearance as a halftime substitution in a 2-0 victory against Lesotho and went on to play his full match against Swaziland. He traveled with Gordon Igesund on his final two matches on the Australasian tour; Senzo Meyiwa played in a 1-1 draw match against Australia and was on a bench in a 0-0 draw against New Zealand.

After the end of Gordon Igesund‘s tenure Shakes Mashaba took over as Bafana Bafana head coach; he made Senzo Meyiwa captain and number 1 goalkeeper.

Under coach Shakes Mashaba, Senzo Meyiwa played four matches – all of which he was captain and were 2015 Afcon Qualification; 3-0 victory against Sudan, 0-0 draw against Nigeria, 2-0 victory against Congo and a 0-0 draw against Congo.

The 2015 Afcon Qualification match against Sudan scheduled for November 15, 2014 was moved to Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban (Senzo Meyiwa‘s home town) in his honour.

The match went on as scheduled with Daren Keet at goals while Dean Furman took over the captaincy, Bafana Bafana won that match 2-1 and secure a successful passage to the finals in 2015.