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SOUTH AFRICAN FOOTBALL ASSOCIATION

President Danny Jordaan
Address
SAFA House,
76 Nasrec Road
Nasrec
Johannesburg, 2000
Website www.safa.net
Established 1991
Affiliated to FIFA 1992
Affiliated to CAF 1992
Honours 1996 African Nations Cup winners; 1997 Afro-Asian Nations Cup winners; 2002, 2007, 2008, 2016 COSAFA Castle Cup winners

South Africa have been one of the powerhouses of the continent for much of the last two decades, but have fallen on tougher times of late. They were winners of the African Nations Cup in 1996 on home soil, hut were unable to repeat the feat when the hosted the tournament again in 2013. The man tasked with taking them back to the top of the pile in Africa is coach Ephraim Mashaba.

SOUTH AFRICA COSAFA CASTLE CUP HISTORY

South Africa are one of only two COSAFA member countries to have won the African Nations Cup title, doing so on home soil at their first attempt in 1996. Zambia joined them with their 2012 success.

South Africa were runners-up in Burkina Faso two years later and finished third at the 2000 Nations Cup tournament in Ghana and Nigeria. Bafana Bafana have also qualified for three World Cups, competing in France in 1998 and South Korea in 2002. They also hosted the tournament in 2010.

They also won the Afro-Asian Nations Cup, beating Asian champions Saudi Arabia over two legs in 1999. They also hold the distinction of being the only southern African country to provide a winner of an African club competition with Orlando Pirates taking the African Champions Cup in 1995, Kaizer Chiefs the African Cup Winners’ Cup in 2001 and Mamelodi Sundowns in the Champions League in 2016.

But despite all that success, South Africa reached the final of COSAFA Castle Cup for the first time in 2002, winning the trophy with a 4-1 aggregate triumph over Malawi in the two-legged final.

After more barren years, they claimed the back-to-back tournaments, beating old foes Zambia on penalties in the final in 2007, and running out victorious in 2008, despite fielding an unofficial ‘President’s XI’ line-up that included players mostly from the second tier of South African football.

They repeated that squad mix in Zimbabwe in 2009, but ended up finishing fourth after losing to Mozambique in the third-place playoff.
They went one better with a third-place finish in Zambia in 2013, but were disappointing ousted by Botswana in the quarterfinals on home soil in 2015 and then lost in the Plate semifinals to Malawi.

They regained the title in Namibia in 2016, beating Botswana 3-2 in a thrilling final in Windhoek with a squad made up largely of players that would compete at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro.

COSAFA CASTLE CUP RESULT RECORD

DATEVENUEOPPONENTRESULTGOALSCORERS
24-1-98WindhoekNAMIBIA2-3Mooki, P Masinga
20-2-99GaboroneBOTSWANA2-1Ndlanya, Phiri
31-7-99WindhoekNAMIBIA1-1Ndlanya
29-4-00PhokengMAURITIUS3-0Mayo pen, Sapula, Nomvete
18-6-00WitbankSWAZILAND2-0Buckley (2)
29-7-00Port ElizabethZIMBABWE0-1
29-4-01MaputoMOZAMBIQUE3-0Ndlanya, Nhleko, Mazibuko
21-7-01BlantyreMALAWI0-1
30-3-02GaboroneBOTSWANA0-0
21-7-02Port ElizabethMADAGASCAR0-0
24-8-02PolokwaneSWAZILAND4-1T Mokoena 2, Pule pen, Fredericks
21-9-02BlantyreMALAWI3-1Mayo 2, Kauleza
28-9-02DurbanMALAWI1-0Vilakazi
19-7-03East LondonZIMBABWE0-1
10-1-04CurepipeMAURITIUS0-2
26-1-05CurepipeSEYCHELLES3-0Mphela 2, Chabangu
27-1-05CurepipeMAURITIUS1-0Mphela
13-8-05MmabathoZAMBIA2-2Ndlela, Raselemane
20-5-06GaboroneSWAZILAND1-0Mhlongo
21-5-06GaboroneBOTSWANA0-0
26-5-07SomhloloMALAWI0-0
27-5-07SomhloloMAURITIUS2-0Modise 2
29-9-07AtteridgevilleBOTSWANA1-0Modise
24-10-07BloemfonteinZAMBIA0-0
26-7-08WitbankNAMIBIA1-0Mohamutsa
30-7-08ThulamahasheZAMBIA1-0Tsutsulupa
3-8-08ThulamahasheMADAGASCAR2-1Fransch 2
26-10-09BulawayoANGOLA2-0Bacela, Manyisa
28-10-09HarareZIMBABWE1-1Bacela
31-10-09BulawayoMOZAMBIQUE0-1
13-7-13LusakaNAMIBIA2-1Shongwe, Kekana
17-7-13NdolaZAMBIA0-0
20-7-13NdolaLESOTHO2-1Masango, Kekana
24-5-15MorulengBOTSWANA0-0
27-5-15MorulengMALAWI0-0
18-6-16WindhoekLESOTHO1-1Motupa
22-6-16WindhoekSWAZILAND5-1Kutumela, Phiri , Masuku 2, Moseamedi
25-6-16WindhoekBOTSWANA3-2Motupa (2 pens), Kutumela

OVERALL RECORD

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About Us

The Council of Southern Africa Football Associations (COSAFA) was established by the Supreme Council of Sports in Africa – Zone 6. It brings together 14 nations of Southern Africa under a single umbrella, with the goal of developing the game of football in the region.

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