Sport24‘s rugby and cricket scribes comprised their greatest Springbok XV and Proteas XI groups final month. Now we have determined to collate an all-time best Bafana Bafana XI.
Bafana have a singular imprint on South African sport and it began with their historic 1996 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title win on residence soil.
The picture of then-captain Neil Tovey lifting the trophy alongside former President Nelson Mandela stays iconic to this present day.
With every thing in limbo, together with sport worldwide because of the coronavirus pandemic, Tashreeq Vardien thought he would give it a crack at assembling his all-time best Bafana XI.
It was not the best of squads to pick out as South Africa boasts fairly a proficient pool of gamers since readmission in 1992.
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Right here follows a Bafana Bafana group since readmission (1992-2020):
Andre Arendse (67 caps)
South Africa has been gifted with incredible goalkeepers over the previous 25 years with the likes of Hans Vonk, Brian Baloyi, Moeneeb Josephs and Itumeleng Khune. Nevertheless, the 1.91m Arendse will get the nod to start out between the posts. He was an integral a part of 1996 AFCON squad and within the 2001/02 PSL season, Arendse would characteristic once more in serving to information Santos to their one and solely league title.
Sizwe Motaung (51 Caps)
Motaung, affectionately often called “SOS” within the soccer spheres, had a glittering membership profession having donned the colors of Jomo Cosmos, Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates. Sadly, he died at a younger age (31) of an AIDS-related illness in August 2001.
Mark Fish (62 caps)
Within the 1990s South Africa had arguably the most effective defensive gamers on the continent and Fish was considered one of many nice centre-backs who acquired to signify Bafana Bafana. Fish or “FEEEESH” because the native crowds use to chant his title, will get the choice forward of different nice defenders Nasief Morris, Neil Tovey and Aaron Mokoena.
Lucas Radebe (70 caps)
A simple selection. Radebe was an inspirational chief for the nationwide aspect and his membership, Leeds United, in England. “Rhoo” wears the armband and leads this all-time best Bafana XI.
IMAGE: Lucas Radebe for Bafana Bafana v Cameroon in 1992
David Nyathi (45 caps)
It will be onerous to place another left-back on this place as Nyathi was such a hard-working defender with the power to dash up and down the flank – the rationale for his nickname “Going Up” – and had nice technical consciousness.
Physician Khumalo (50 caps)
A number one attacking pressure for each Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana within the 1990s, “16 Valve” mesmerised followers and opponents throughout his enjoying time. In 1992 he was named South African Footballer of the Yr earlier than turning out for golf equipment overseas in Argentina and the USA. Nevertheless, he returned lower than two years later for a second stint with Amakhosi.
Thabo Mngomeni (37 caps)
Macbeth Sibaya, Reneilwe Letsholonyane or Teko Modise all miss out on choice with “Jah Man” attending to run issues within the coronary heart of midfield, simply as he did within the late 1990s and early 2000s. Regardless of not racking up greater than 50 caps for the nationwide aspect, what he supplied throughout his prime was phenomenal.
IMAGE: Thabo Mngomeni and Benni McCarthy
John Moshoeu (73 caps)
“Sneakers” was a category act and likewise a member of coach Clive Barker’s 1996 AFCON heroes. The sensible attacking midfielder performed a couple of seasons overseas in Turkey with Fenerbahce earlier than returning to don the Amakhosi colors once more. He stopped enjoying on the classic age of 42 however sadly died of most cancers six years later in 2015.
Steven Pienaar (61 caps)
Pienaar was beautiful with a ball at his ft and will simply function wherever within the midfield when wanted. “Schillo” performed throughout Europe as he first signed for Ajax Amsterdam in 2001 then transferring to Borussia Dortmund earlier than inking a cope with Everton the place he attained legendary standing.
Phil Masinga (58 caps)
“Chippa” made historical past after scoring THAT well-known objective which guided Bafana to their first-ever World Cup in 1998.
Benni McCarthy (80 caps)
It merely would not be the best Bafana group with out McCarthy in it. He stays Bafana’s highest objective scorer (31) along with his final strike being towards Ghana in a 2008 worldwide pleasant.
Itumeleng Khune (89 caps)
“Spider Child” has had some memorable video games in a Bafana shirt and nonetheless extra to return (hopefully). He might simply have made the beginning XI however will get the nod for a spot on the bench.
Nasief Morris (37 caps)
Unfortunate to not have reached extra caps for the nationwide aspect however the former Panathinaikos defender was a proficient footballer. He might additionally play in midfield.
Macbeth Sibaya (58 caps)
A workhorse in the course of the park which primarily went unnoticed within the early 2000s. Nevertheless, Sibaya had an unimaginable membership profession in Europe for high sides in Norway and Russia.
Sibusiso Zuma (67 caps)
Siphiwe Tshabalala and Quinton Fortune have been severe contenders for choice, however I’ve opted for Zuma due to the varied positions he might play and the way effectively he tailored when coming off the bench.
Helman Mkhalele (66 caps)
I reckon Mkhalele coming off the bench within the final 20/25 minutes could be a nightmare for any opposition. “Midnight Specific”, as he was affectionately recognized, was a part of the 1995 Orlando Pirates aspect that claimed the CAF Champions League and the next yr bagged an AFCON winners medal with Bafana.
IMAGE: Thabo Mngomeni, Helman Mkhalele and Joel Masilela
Siyabonga Nomvethe (81 caps)
A fantastic servant to the gorgeous recreation and, in his prime, Nomvethe was deadly within the penalty space. He is aware of the place the again of the online is. In the meantime, Percy Tau was a prospect for choice however my intestine feeling tells me he’ll quickly break into this squad… I am certain of it!
Shaun Bartlett (74 caps)
Bartlett was the quintessential striker and is the second-highest Bafana goalscorer for a cause. He had a glittering profession with Charlton Athletic in the UK earlier than returning to South African shores.