Select your Bafana Bafana Dream Team


Over the next four editions of Kick Off, we will be publishing the names of four rising stars until we have a Bafana squad of 20. That’s when you come in – you will be asked to select the best 11 from that squad of 20 ahead of the Nelson Mandela Challenge match at Loftus Versfeld on November 19.

The reader who chooses the best team wins two VIP tickets to the Nelson Mandela Challenge match – and a once-in-a-lifetime chance to meet the stars of the South African national team.

To stand a chance of winning this great prize, keep purchasing Kick Off until you have a full squad of 20 to choose your team from. Four more Bafana stars will be profiled in the next edition, on sale May 5.

Club: Orlando PiratesBafana record: 19 caps, 5 goals07/08 club season: 29 starts, 4 goalsSouth Africa’s new golden boy won the Player of the Season award in the First Division just two years ago with City Pillars. Today he is Orlando Pirates’ chief playmaker and has played 19 consecutive games for Bafana since making his debut in the Cosafa Castle Cup in May last year against Malawi.

KAGISHO DIKGACOIAge: 23Club: Golden ArrowsBafana record: 8 caps07/08 club season: 19 starts, 4 goalsGolden Arrows’ rock-solid anchorman has been quietly impressive for the national team since his debut against Mauritius in the Cosafa Castle Cup last May, going about his business with minimum fuss and maximum efficiency. Filling a perennial problem area in the Bafana set-up, Dikgacoi looks to be the long-term defensive midfielder for his country.

BRYCE MOONAge: 22Club: Ajax Cape TownBafana record: 9 caps, 1 goal07/08 club season: 26 starts, 1 goalAjax’s rightback is one of the best crossers of the ball in the PSL and at national level he has a tendency to up his game even more. A product of the School of Excellence and Ajax’s development, Moon likes to keep his game simple, which should see him cement his place for the future.

BONGANI KHUMALOAge: 21Club: Supersport UnitedBafana record: 1 cap 07/08 club season: 24 starts, 3 goalsThe young Swazi-born defender is an eloquent and intelligent addition to the Bafana squad. He has adapted quickly to the PSL since his promotion from the First Division this season, and has even scored some useful goals for his new club. Although he still calls Swaziland ‘home’, Khumalo has pledged his international future to South Africa and looks to be a solid addition to the defence for the future.