Watch: ‘Don’t divide us’: SA star slams credit to Bafana’s Sundowns players

Watch: ‘Don’t divide us’: SA star slams credit to Bafana’s Sundowns players

Facts or not? Zakes Bantwini is among many soccer fans offended at claims Sundowns players are behind Bafana Bafana’s Afcon success.

Zakes Bantwini an Fikile Mbalula are offended by comments praising Sundowns for Bafanas Afcon success 800x529 1

While many believe that Bafana Bafana represents South Africa as a whole, others are crediting the national team’s Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) success to PSL club, Mamelodi Sundowns.

And joining in on the hot topic are several high profile names like former sports minister Fikile Mbalula and muso Zakes Bantwini.

More than two-thirds of the SA squad play for the club, nicknamed “The Brazilians,” which is owned by billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe.

SA will face off against Cape Verde in the quarter-final on Saturday, 3 December.


According to an AFP Op-Ed, Bafana coach Hugo Broos will “rely heavily” on the eleven Sundowns players drafted to play against Cape Verde in the Afcon quarter-final clash.

The opinion piece reads: “It is something that gives South Africa coach [Hugo] Broos an obvious advantage over many of his counterparts, who saw most of their players leave their clubs in the middle of the European season and have just a few days to train together before the AFCON began.”

Clapping back at the statement, muso Zakes Bantwini tweeted: “Thi is irresponsible and problematic…don’t divide us”.

When one tweep accused him of being a sensitive Kaizer Chiefs fan, he added: “I’m just a South African supporting a national team. Call me a Bafana Bafana fan”.

Also taking offence to the article was Fikile Malula, who tweeted: “Spain won the World Cup with 8 Barcelona players in the squad. And yet I have never seen such a headline in Spain after the World Cup.”


According to Sundowns, 11 players have been called up to play at Afcon.

They are:

  • Ronwen Williams
  • Aubrey Modiba,
  • Mothobi Mvala,
  • Grant Kekana,
  • Khuliso Mudau,
  • Teboho Mokoena,
  • Themba Zwane.
  • Evidence Makgopa,
  • Thapelo Morena.
  • Terrence Mashego
  • Peter Shalulile


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