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South Africa national football team

South Africa national football team
National Football Team
NameSouth Africa
NicknameBafana Bafana
(Boys Boys or Go Boys Go Boys)
AssociationSouth African
Football Association
Sub confederationCOSAFA (Southern Africa)
ConfederationCAF (Africa)
Head coachPitso Mosimane
CaptainSteven Pienaar
Most capsAaron Mokoena (107)
Top scorerBenni McCarthy (32)
Home stadiumSoccer City
FIFA codeRSA
FIFA ranking49
Highest FIFA ranking16 (August 1996)
Lowest FIFA ranking124 (December 1992)
Elo ranking55
Highest Elo ranking21 (9) (September 1996 (October 1955))
Lowest Elo ranking94 (May 2006)
World Cup Statistics
First international  Netherlands 2 1 South Africa ZA
(Amsterdam, Netherlands; 2 November 1924)
ZA South Africa 1 0 Cameroon
(Durban, South Africa; 7 July 1992)
Biggest winAustralia 0 8 South Africa ZA
(Adelaide, Australia; 17 September 1955)
Biggest defeatAustralia 5 1 South Africa ZA
(Newcastle, Australia; 7 June 1947)
Mexico] 4 0 South Africa ZA
(Los Angeles, USA; 6 October 1993)

Nigeria] 4 0 South Africa ZA
(Lagos, Nigeria; 10 October 1992)
United States 4 0 South Africa ZA
(Washington, USA; 3 June 2000)
Nigeria 4 0 South Africa ZA
(Monastir, Tunisia; 31 January 2004)
Appearances3
First World Cup1998
Best resultGroup Stage; 1998, 2002, 2010
Regional cup statistics
Africa Cup of Nations
Appearances7
First apps.1996
Best resultWinners, 1996
CONCACAF Gold Cup
Appearances1
First apps.2005
Best resultQuarter-Finals, 2005
Confederations Cup Statistics
Appearances2
First apps.1997
Best result4th place, 2009

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The South Africa national football team ( ) represents South Africa in association football and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. South Africa's home ground is Soccer City, known as FNB Stadium due to a naming rights deal, in Johannesburg. The team's current head coach is Pitso Mosimane. They returned to the world stage in 1992, after years of being banned from FIFA due to the apartheid system. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup when it hosted the 19th FIFA World Cup in June and July 2010. The team's Siphiwe Tshabalala was also the first person to score in this World Cup during the opening game against Mexico. 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 to do so. South Africa had hosted the FIFA Confederations Cup in 2009. The team's highest achievement was winning the African Cup of Nations at home in 1996.


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