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South Africa

Despite turbulent times, Ephraim Mashaba leads South Africa to success

Ephraim Mashaba has changed the culture of the South African national team and the results prove his impact on Bafana Bafana.

Of all the insults leveled at South Africa's national team the past few years, there was one that stung particularly painfully because it was true: They could only compete in tournaments they were hosting. For the past six years, that is exactly how Bafana Bafana have operated.

They failed to qualify for the 2010 and 2012 African Nations Cups (ANC) and only appeared at the 2013 edition (The Confederation of African Football switched the competition to odd years to avoid playing on the same year...

South Africa seal progress to African Nations Cup with win over Sudan

Equatorial Guinea has stepped in to host the Africa Cup of Nations in January.

South Africa sealed their place at the 2015 African Nations Cup with a 2-1 win over Sudan in Durban.

Goals from Thulani Serero (38) and Tokelo Rantie (53) sealed the win and Bafana Bafana held on despite Ibrahim Salah Mohamed Soliman's late consolation.

The match took place in the hometown of the late Senzo Meyiwa, who was shot and killed last month. South African players stripped off their team jerseys to show white T-shirts with messages dedicated to Meyiwa.

"Well, I just wish he...

May Mahlangu banned from playing for South Africa after asking to be rested

May Mahlangu sent the SAFA an email asking to be rested.

The South African Football Association (SAFA) has vowed to never again select May Mahlangu for its national team after he asked to be excused from a training camp because of fatigue.

Mahlangu, 25, failed to join the South Africa squad this week ahead of their final two African Cup of Nations qualifiers against Sudan and Nigeria.

Bafana Bafana coach Ephraim Mashaba said the IFK Goteborg midfielder sent an email explaining that he had played a lot of games recently and so needed a rest.

However, the...

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Charges against man accused of Senzo Meyiwa murder withdrawn

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national football team captain who was shot dead last week.

The man arrested and charged over the killing of South African captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa has been released as the charges against him have been dropped, the South African Police Service confirmed on Tuesday.

Meyiwa, 27, was...

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Second South Africa player suffers robbery after Senzo Meyiwa death

Thousands of mourners attended the funeral of Senzo Meyiwa, South Africa's national football team captain who was shot dead last week.

A second South African international footballer has been targeted in an armed robbery after the parents of midfielder Sibusiso Vilakazi were held up while he slept slept in a neighbouring property, Reuters reports.

The close call comes days after goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was shot dead in a botched robbery at the home of his girlfriend on Oct. 26.

Vilakazi was a roommate of Meyiwa in recent national team camps and claims the robbers asked for him specifically, but his parents would not disclose...