Stellenbosch FC midfielder Sibongiseni 'Ox' Mthethwa backed for Bafana Bafana call-up

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Mthethwa has been one of Stellenbosch FC's star players since joining from Black Leopards mid-way through the 2021/22 campaign and has featured in 18 of the club's 19 matches since making his debut.

The 27-year-old has become a trusted midfield enforcer under Stellies head coach Steve Barker who was quick to laud his performance after standing out during Sunday's MTN 8 quarter-final defeat against Kaizer Chiefs.

"I just don't know how a player like Sibongiseni Mthethwa cannot be close to the Bafana squad," Barker said during his post-match press conference.

"I have never seen a player with so much energy, power, strength and commitment. He seems to grow with energy the longer the game goes and it was again a top game from him.

Should Mthethwa catch the attention of national team coach Hugo Broos, he would become only the fourth Stellies player to represent Bafana Bafana after Athenkosi Mcaba, Antonio van Wyk and Jayden Adams.

This is the second instance in recent times that calls have been made for him to earn a call-up, with Barker having previously singled him out during the club's kit reveal at the start of the season as well.

"He is affectionately known as the OX, he plays like an Ox, and as the game gets longer and longer, the more energy he seems to get," he said on that occasion.

"He has been a great addition to our squad and we are expecting a massive season from him, and Bafana Bafana should be keeping their eyes and ears open because he is a top player."

Stanley Dimgba – leaves after scoring eight goals
Stanley Dimgba – leaves after scoring eight goals in 49 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Sibusiso Mthethwa – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 73
Sibusiso Mthethwa – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 73 appearances and one goal to his name
Waseem Isaacs – leaves after scoring nine goals in
Waseem Isaacs – leaves after scoring nine goals in 49 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Robyn Johannes – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 51 ap
Robyn Johannes – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 51 appearances and one goal to his name
Granwald Scott – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 41 ap
Granwald Scott – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 41 appearances and one goal to his name
Nathan Sinkala – leaves after scoring five goals i
Nathan Sinkala – leaves after scoring five goals in 56 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Zitha Kwinika – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 57 app
Zitha Kwinika – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 57 appearances and one goal to his name
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Scroll through the gallery to see the players confirmed to be leaving Stellenbosch FC
Ashley Du Preez – leaves after scoring 17 goals in
Ashley Du Preez – leaves after scoring 17 goals in 98 appearances for Stellenbosch FC
Fuad Johnson – leaves Stellenbosch FC with four ap
Fuad Johnson – leaves Stellenbosch FC with four appearances to his name
Marc van Heerden – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 78
Marc van Heerden – leaves Stellenbosch FC with 78 appearances and three goals to his name