South Africa national football team

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South Africa
Nickname(s)Bafana Bafana
(“The Boys, The Boys” / Zulu:"Go boys! Go boys!")
AssociationSouth African
Football Association
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Sub-confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
Head coachStuart Baxter
CaptainThulani Hlatshwayo
Most capsAaron Mokoena (107)
Top scorerBenni McCarthy (31)
Home stadiumVarious
FIFA codeRSA
First colours
Second colours
FIFA ranking
Current 74 Decrease 2 (7 February 2019)[1]
Highest16 (August 1996)
Lowest124 (December 1992)
Elo ranking
Current 71 Increase 1 (3 March 2019)[2]
Highest21 (9) (September 1996 (October 1955)[3])
Lowest94 (May 2006)
First international
 Argentina 0–1 South Africa 
(Buenos Aires, Argentina; 9 July 1906)[4]
Biggest win
 Australia 0–8 South Africa 
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)[5]
Biggest defeat
 South Africa 0–5 Brazil 
(Johannesburg, South Africa; 5 March 2014)
World Cup
Appearances3 (first in 1998)
Best resultGroup stage, 1998, 2002 and 2010
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances9 (first in 1996)
Best resultChampions, 1996
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1 (first in 2005)
Best resultQuarter-finals, 2005
Confederations Cup
Appearances2 (first in 1997)
Best resultFourth place, 2009

South Africa national football team is the national football team of South Africa.

Most appearances[change | change source]

Player Career Apps Goals
Aaron Mokoena 1999–2010 107 1
Siphiwe Tshabalala 2006–present 88 12
Siyabonga Nomvethe 1999–2012 81 16
Benni McCarthy 1997–2012 80 32
Shaun Bartlett 1995–2005 74 28
John Moshoeu 1992–2004 73 8
Delron Buckley 1999–2008 72 10
Lucas Radebe 1992–2003 70 2
Bernard Parker 2007–present 68 23
Andre Arendse 1995–2004 67 0
Sibusiso Zuma 1998–2008 67 13

Top scorers[change | change source]

Player Career Goals Apps
Benni McCarthy 1997–2012 32 80
Shaun Bartlett 1995–2005 28 74
Katlego Mphela 2005–present 23 53
Bernard Parker 2007–present 23 68
Phil Masinga 1992–2001 18 58
Siyabonga Nomvethe 1999–2012 16 81
Sibusiso Zuma 1998–2008 13 67
Siphiwe Tshabalala 2006–present 12 88
Teko Modise 2007–2012 10 66
Delron Buckley 1998–2008 10 72

References[change | change source]

  1. "The FIFA/Coca-Cola World Ranking". FIFA. 7 February 2019. Retrieved 7 February 2019.
  2. Elo rankings change compared to one year ago. "World Football Elo Ratings". eloratings.net. 3 March 2019. Retrieved 3 March 2019.
  3. The Elo ratings website Archived 23 July 2011 at Wikiwix lists 21 as the highest reached position, though after 23 (too few?) matches between 1947 and 1955, almost all with Australia and New Zealand, it had reached 9th place.
  4. "Argentina v South Africa, 09 July 1906". International Football History and Statistics. Retrieved 23 March 2019.
  5. "All Bafana Bafana Matches" (PDF). South Africa FA. Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 January 2011. Retrieved 29 October 2010. Cite uses deprecated parameter |deadurl= (help)