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The South African Football Association has honoured five players who recently reached a 50-mark cap milestone

Posted: 21 January 2013 Time: 07:42

The South African Football Association has honoured five players who recently reached a 50-cap milestone in national team colours.

The ceremony was held in Durban at the team's hotel on Sunday, a day after two of them, Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker, accumulated those caps in a goalless draw with Cape Verde.

Safa president Kirsten Nematandani awarded the five players with framed jerseys which were signed by the players, and sported the number 50. Those who received the accolades are Siboniso Gaxa (54 caps), Itumeleng Khune (51), Kagisho Dikgacoi (51), Bernard Parker (50) and Katlego Mphela (50).

“On behalf of Safa, I would like to say congratulations to these five players and many more that have walked this path. This is a very important milestone and not many get to reach it, and for that all five of you need to be proud of your achievements.

“Your role in this current Bafana Bafana squad is very crucial in that you are the foundation of this team, and the young ones can learn from you. And to those who are still travelling this road, what we see today shows it can be done only if you put your mind to it,” Nematandani said.

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Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is the most capped in the current squad with 74 caps, while former captain Aaron Mokoena is the highest capped South African with 107 matches in the green and gold.

Brief fact file of the five players

Siboniso Gaxa (54 caps)
Debut: 12 June 2005, vs Cape Verde, 2006 World Cup qualifier (voted man of the match), played in Praia
50: vs Gabon, 15 June 2012, international friendly, Mbombela Stadium

Kagisho Dikgacoi (51 caps)
Debut: 27 June 2007, vs Swaziland, Cosafa Castle Cup, Somhlolo Stadium, Swaziland
50: vs Algeria, 12 January 2013, international friendly, Orlando Stadium

Itumeleng Khune (51 caps)
Debut: 11 March 2008, vs Zimbabwe, international friendly, Germiston
50: vs Algeria, 12 January 2013, international friendly, Orlando Stadium

Bernard Parker (50 caps)
Debut: 26 June 2007, Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final, Somhlolo Stadium, Swaziland (scored in the penalty shoot-out of that match)
50: vs Cape Verde, 19 January 2013, Afcon 2013, Soccer City

Katlego Mphela (50 caps)
Debut: 26 February 2005, vs Seychelles, Cosafa Castle Cup, Curepipe, Seychelles (scored two goals)
50: vs Cape Verde, 19 January 2013, Afcon 2013, Soccer City

Previous comments on this story...

kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 07:45 am
Not yet,only after winning this tonament
Charlie
posted: 07:46 am
Absolute nonsense. We should be worried about qualifying for the next round, not honouring a bunch of cows who are undeserving of such honour. In the 50 games that they've played, they have done nothing but humiliate the nation
Danny wale Pirates
posted: 07:53 am
Was this necessary?
DJRise
posted: 07:55 am
Honouring the mediocrity. That is what we good at as South African people. What have these poolokas achieved for the nation?

"Bafana Bafana are just a waste of time" - Gordon Igusund.
DJRise
posted: 07:59 am
We can't even have one shot on target. The other teams are scoring goals left right centre.
Sorry, I cannot support these idiots.
Sir eeemzaa-walikhosi
posted: 08:01 am
Chiefs is dominating everywhere u go Baba. 3 chiefs players in 5 players reached 50 caps. When chiefs buy quality players, Pirates buy old players e.g Benni, Mbesuma, Sangweni etc endless list.

K4L : let's hear
TonyZimbo
posted: 08:01 am
Bafunny Bafunny kkkk
Lord Vincent
posted: 08:04 am
Rewarding failure. After all we do live in a country where not knowing 65% of your work guarantees you a matric pass.
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 08:04 am
We're in the middle of a tournament for goodness sake and we're in trouble, couldn't this wait. These players should be given nothing to celebrate about as we are in a dire situation but I guess SAFA is a master at praising mediocrity. Infact mediocrity is the only standard in SAFA
SistaMonica
posted: 08:04 am
50 caps of nothing, that's all I can say.
SistaMonica
posted: 08:04 am
50 caps of nothing, that's all I can say.
De Bruin!!!
posted: 08:06 am
Its not my problem that I dont support losers and that goes for ze same to this 50 something hlokoloza kings.
This makes me wanna vomit, like literally.
Sometimes I hate being South African.
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 08:06 am
We have never lost a single game against all the 3 teams in our group, but our boys to them beating Angola ,Morocco&cape verde is like climbing Mount Everest .i am not complaining but for good sake go out there and win the next two games and stop this nonsens of caps.Are we/south Africans asking a lot when we demand a win against Angola&Morroco?no we don't.

I am still hurting from Cape Verde game,I can't even have sex cause emmosionaly I am abused.much love boys,not against you at all but pliz guys pull up your socks

God bless South Africa ........
Nipsy
posted: 08:07 am
Lets hope this will serve as a motivation to these 5 guys to lead by front in the field of play. KG can lead by front on the stands. Good luck to our national team on Wednesday.
Skholo
posted: 08:08 am
Mediocrity at its highes level....... This indicates tht this group will always be in the set up even after failed the nation on numerous occation. If we managed to chop mbazo with more than 100 Caps thn this guys will be gone after afcon. Ghunt said we have a player like mokotjo hu played for national team tht won danone in 2003, he has been involved in all junior national teams. N also a regular in feynood for the passed five seasons... And kg is always preffered ahead of him. Aslong as we still believe tht serero, lebese,jali, masango, jele, claasen are still youngsters thn we ll always recycle ur shabas,kgs n yeyes n blv tht we r in the write track
kaizer chiefs no:1 in the UK
posted: 08:09 am
We have never lost a single game against all the 3 teams in our group, but our boys to them beating Angola ,Morocco&cape verde is like climbing Mount Everest .i am not complaining but for good sake go out there and win the next two games and stop this nonsense of caps.Are we/south Africans asking a lot when we demand a win against Angola&Morroco?no we don't.

I am still hurting from Cape Verde game,I can't even have sex cause emmosionaly I am abused.much love boys,not against you at all but pliz guys pull up your socks

God bless South Africa ........
Pep Guardiola - Bucselona Strategist
posted: 08:11 am
Lord Vinny (Treble Maniac)
posted: 08:04 am | Report

Rewarding failure. After all we
do live in a country where not knowing 65% of your work
guarantees you a matric pass.
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Infact its 70% mate, Angie reduced the pass mark to 30% now, lowering the standards in order to reach her own stupid targets. That's we have idiots in tertiary
Dooba [Glory Deferred]
posted: 08:12 am
Eish Safa, our football is in tatters and you celebrate!
Amarok
posted: 08:12 am
Suffer and these 5 spectacular under achievers should hold their
heads in shame. During the accumulation of those caps,
They've never qualified for a major tournament legitimately (not as hosts).
It can only be in SA that mediocrity is celebrated.
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 08:13 am
This is what we have been saying all the time. Failure have been recycled 50 times.

If you were to introduce these guys to someone who don't know them, infact me coz i don't know them, what will you say?

Can one Chiefs fan introduce these players one by one, stating what they have achieved in their careers.
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