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Reneilwe Letsholonyane earns Bafana Bafana's 18th red card

Posted: 20 November 2014 Time: 12:16

While Reinelwe Letsholonyane earned his 50th cap recently against Sudan, the midfielder became the 17th Bafana Bafana player to be sent off since South Africa’s re-admission to international football in 1992.

Letsholonyane received his marching orders after getting two yellow cards against Nigeria, and the resultant red card also means that the Kaizer Chiefs midfielder will miss the opening match of the 2015 African Nations Cup finals should he get selected.

The first ever Bafana Bafana player to be sent off was then Mamelodi Sundowns striker Phill Masinga, in 1992, during the 1994 African Nations Cup qualifiers against Zambia. Bafana Bafana lost the hard-fought match 1-0 at home and failed to qualify for the tournament, which was won by Nigeria.

While Rudolph Seale, Doctor Khumalo (twice), Sizwe Motaung, John Moeti and Helman Mkhalele were the next recipients of red cards, in June 1998 Maimane Phiri became the first Bafana Bafana player to be sent off at the Fifa World Cup finals. The former Jomos Cosmos player had been on the pitch for just thirteen minutes after coming on as a second half substitute when Colombian referee John Toro Rendon sent him off for tussling for a ball with Thomas Helveg. Denmark had two players sent off as well – Miklos Molnar and Morten Wieghorst – while six players were booked from both teams.

Eric Tinkler’s red card at the 2000 African Nations Cup finals against Ghana was the first by a Bafana Bafana player at the continental tournament. The red card came six minutes after Siyabona Nomvethe gave Bafana a 1-0 lead but Bafana managed to hold on to their lead and went through to the semifinals when they met Nigeria.

Although four more red cards were earned by hardman Andrew ‘Jaws of life’ Rabutla, Lesley Manyathela, Thabang Molefe and Tony Coyle, perhaps it was Itumeleng Khune’s red card against Uruguay that still lingers in the memory of many South Africans. 

During the second group match at the 2010 World Cup finals, Uruguay striker Luiz Suarez conned the referee when he left a trailing leg behind and threw himself on the ground following a slight touch from Khune. Khune then rather unfairly received a straight red card, as a penalty was awarded and Bafana lost the match 3-0. Vuyo Mere was also sent off against Nigeria in the 2014 CHAN.

Out of the 17 Bafana Bafana players sent off, eight of them played for Jomo Cosmos. This excludes former coach Pitso Mosimane, who was sent off against Equatorial Guinea in 2012.

Bafana players sent off

Masinga v Zambia 1992

Seale v Zambia 1993

Khumalo v Zambia 1994

Khumalo v Cameroon 1994

Motaung v Ghanaa 1996

Moeti v Angola 1998

Mkhalele v Argentina 1998

Phiri v Denmark 1998

Tinkler v Ghana 2000

Rabutla v Mozxambique 2001

Manyathela and Molefe v Georgia 2002

Coyle v Tunisia 2003

Khune v Uruguay 2010

Gould and Mosimane v Eq Guina 2012

Mere v Nigeria 2014

Yeye v Nigeria 2014

Livefyre comments on this story...

posted: 2014-11-20 10:21:21

We know Cosmos players don't play. Rabutla remains the best in that department.

Helen Allen
posted: 2014-11-20 10:24:58

well , they couldn't stop Yeye any other way .... I watched it , and it was very harsh ..... esp. when watching Nigeria's defending and "bodychecks" .... Still a very proud Chief and South African today ... Helen (UK)

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:32:21

I feel sorry for Yeye. He has been exposed by Furman to the extent that he has lost his relevence in international football.

It is Furman that exposed him yesterday.

It was furman that pushed Yeye to the abusive hands of Keita.

Should this Furman guy do this on AJ, Jali must abuse this coin-tosser.

posted: 2014-11-20 10:32:25

Eish mara this photo!!! Is like it was Nigeria vs Sudan. AyeAye don't belong to this planet.

Where is Keita to strip this ugly monster of its oversized leopard underwear

posted: 2014-11-20 10:32:37

Helen Allen you no longer giving out your email address,you found the man you were looking for???hehe

posted: 2014-11-20 10:33:46

LgendarySnrBloggerMARAPO Stupid useless comment from a stupid useless  senior blogger and im sure you support that useless team called rats

CRM083® ~ We Cant Say Sesimnandi
posted: 2014-11-20 10:35:18

Bobbyjaan Spaner(Fearless Hyena) LgendarySnrBloggerMARAPO No price for guessing

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:36:31


I hope you have had your lunch already. Sadly for me, this picture has pushed to to a Rammadan Mode.

D/Trebble Champs(Caf Elite/Highest Classification)
posted: 2014-11-20 10:38:09

Shakes Mashaba should have taken him out at half-time..! It was clear the second card was coming..!

We could have beaten this Nigerian morons if it wasn't of that red card...!

Anyway I'm happy they are out of Afcon..!

posted: 2014-11-20 10:39:07

Zebras and Rats here is something for ya'll. Please come in numbers

posted: 2014-11-20 10:39:30

To be substituted before the 1st half finishes though???

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:41:38

D/Trebble Champs (2013 ChampsLeagueFinalists) 

I think Shakes relied on the fact that he is our most expirienced player on the field & could therefore conduct himself well.

GinoFeelo Balotelli
posted: 2014-11-20 10:41:52

Zola Doda is the most useless editor at Kick Off....

Sifuna amaPSL stories...we-Mr 5.5...safa bo iBafana namastats akho abolile

His stubbornness and agendas  against Kaizer Chiefs have proved to me tht he earns 5.5...just like most Pirates supporters...

D/Trebble Champs(Caf Elite/Highest Classification)
posted: 2014-11-20 10:42:12

The_Glamour_Boy Do you remember hakere that Letsholonyane comes from that same school..! He is a former Cosmos player..!

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-11-20 10:42:29


Would like to see numbers on that.

He could be the 1st.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:43:12

GinoFeelo Balotelli 

Leave O.Pirates alone wena or I will song-praise you with your mom forming a central theme in those praises. LOL.

T-Man wa leKhosi
posted: 2014-11-20 10:44:19


Yoh another Bundu Inn cars flame is looming.

Too many artist and free entrance nogal.

D/Trebble Champs(Caf Elite/Highest Classification)
posted: 2014-11-20 10:44:36

Mgugudi Treble Addict Hayi, but throughout the game one could see he was skating on thin ice..! In future Shakes should be careful of this things..!

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:44:49


Thanks but no thanks. The list consists of artists that mine, I prefer real musicians that play live...

By the way, it is a foundation that is inviting us not Sundowns. LOL.

Mgugudi Treble Addict
posted: 2014-11-20 10:45:25

D/Trebble Champs (2013 ChampsLeagueFinalists) 

Yes, Shakes is still a learner.

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