Bafana at Afcon 2015: the full squad

The new 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Bafana Bafana team before their warm-up game against Cameroon on Saturday 10 January, which came to a one-all draw. (Image: Bafana Bafana)

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Compiled by Mary Alexander

With Bafana Bafana, South Africa’s national football team, set to kick off their first match in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations on Monday 19 January, playing Algeria at the Estadio de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea, we bring you facts and figures about the full 23-man squad.

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Strikers

Bernard Parker

  • Born: 16 March 1986, Boksburg
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 1.7 metres
  • Career start: 2004
  • Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #25, forward
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Tokelo Rantie

  • Born: 8 September 1990, Parys, Free State
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 1.72 metres
  • Career start: 2010
  • Current club: AFC Bournemouth – #28, forward
  • Current league: English Championship League

Bongani Ndulula

  • Born: 29 November 1989, Aliwal North
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.9 metres
  • Career start: 2009
  • Current club: AmaZulu FC – #9, forward
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Sibusiso Vilakazi

  • Born: 29 December 1989, Soweto
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.7 metres
  • Career start: 2009
  • Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #10, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

New Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has been credited with bringing the national squad back to form, allowing them to qualify for the 2015 African Cup of Nations and beating out Nigeria, the previous champions. (Image: Bafana Bafana)

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Midfielders

Themba Zwane

  • Born: 3 August 1989, Tembisa
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.7 metres
  • Career start: 2011
  • Current club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC – #34, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Andile Jali

  • Born: 10 April 1990, Matatiele, Eastern Cape
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 1.72 metres
  • Career start: 2007
  • Current club: KV Oostende – #15, midfielder
  • Current league: Belgian Pro League

Reneilwe Letsholonyane

  • Born: 9 June 1982, Soweto
  • Age: 32
  • Height: 1.73 metres
  • Career start: 2002
  • Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #6, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Bongani Zungu

  • Born: 9 October 1992, Duduza, Gauteng
  • Age: 22
  • Height: 1.84 metres
  • Career start: 2010
  • Current club: Mamelodi Sundowns FC – #34, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Thamsanqa Sangweni

  • Born: 26 May 1989, Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.7 metres
  • Career start: 2009
  • Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #37, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Dean Furman

  • Born: 22 June 1988, Cape Town
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 1.83 metres
  • Career start: 2008
  • Current club: Doncaster Rovers FC – #4, midfielder
  • Current league: English League One

Thuso Phala

  • Born: 27 May 1986, Soweto
  • Age: 28
  • Height: 1.7 metres
  • Career start: 2007
  • Current club: SuperSport United FC – #21, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Mandla Masango

  • Born: 18 July 1989, Kwaggafontein, Mpumalanga
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.68 metres
  • Career star: 2007
  • Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #22, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Oupa Manyisa

  • Born: 30 July 1988, Mohlakeng, Gauteng
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 1.65 metres
  • Career start: 2008
  • Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #20, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

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Defenders

Siyabonga Nhlapo

  • Born: 23 December 1988, Soweto
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 1.8 metres
  • Career start: 2010
  • Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #20, midfielder
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Patrick Phungwayo

  • Born: 6 January 1988, Alexandra, Gauteng
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 1.73 metres
  • Career start: 2008
  • Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #3, left-back
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Anele Ngcongca

  • Born: 21 October, 1987, Cape Town
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 1.8 metres
  • Career start: 2003
  • Current club: KRC Genk – #16, defender
  • Current league: Belgian Pro League

Thulani Hlatshwayo

  • Born: 18 December 1989, Soweto
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.89 metres
  • Career start: 2009
  • Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #3, defender
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Eric Mathoho

  • Born: 1 March 1990, Thohoyandou, Limpopo
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 1.98 metres
  • Career start: 2009
  • Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #3, defender
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Rivaldo Coetzee

  • Born: 16 October 1996, Kakamas, Northern Cape
  • Age: 18
  • Height: 1.79 metres
  • Career start: 2014
  • Current club: Ajax Cape Town FC – #3, defender
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Thabo Matlaba

  • Born: 13 December 1987, Tembisa, Gauteng
  • Age: 27
  • Height: 1.69 metres
  • Career start: 2010
  • Current club: Orlando Pirates FC – #8, defender
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

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Goalkeepers

Darren Keet

  • Born: 5 August 1989, Cape Town
  • Age: 25
  • Height: 1.83 metres
  • Career start: 2007
  • Current club: KV Kortrijk – #16, goalkeeper
  • Current league: Belgian Pro League

Jackson Mabokgwane

  • Born: 19 January 1988, Polokwane, Limpopo
  • Age: 26
  • Height: 1.88 metres
  • Career start: 2007
  • Current club: Bidvest Wits FC – #1, goalkeeper
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

Brilliant Khuzwayo

  • Born: 9 February 1990, Durban
  • Age: 24
  • Height: 1.9 metres
  • Career start: 2010
  • Current club: Kaizer Chiefs FC – #16, goalkeeper
  • Current league: Premier Soccer League, South Africa

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