New name for Bafana?
Cape Town - South Africa are considering getting rid of the Bafana Bafana
nickname their national team have been tagged with for decades and
introducing a new strip as they seek to turn a new chapter.
popular nickname, a Zulu expression that closely translates as 'the
lads', has been a popular moniker for the side from soon after South
Africa's return to the international arena in 1992 after decades of
Apartheid enforced isolation.
But South African Football
Association president Danny Jordaan, speaking after the country were
knocked out of the African Nations Championship tournament on home soil,
said a new name for the team would be sought.
"We must consider
changing the name and we have to review the preparations, the philosophy
and technical staff of the team," he told a press conference on Monday
heralding a possible sacking of coach Gordon Igesund after a loss to
The Bafana Bafana nickname earned worldwide renown when
South Africa hosted the 2010 World Cup but the SAFA have been keen to
change it for a while because they lost out on millions in marketing
spoils from the name.
The association did not initially register
the nickname and when they finally sought to profit from the trademark
found a local entrepreneur had beaten them to it.
A court battle ensued,
which SAFA lost, although a later agreement saw a share of the
South Africa lost 3-1 to Nigeria in Cape Town
on Sunday to crash out of the tournament, which is for quasi-national
sides open only to home-based players.
South Africa, which has a
strong domestic competition, were expected to do well in the three-week
tournament but won only one of their group games.
"We have to
agree we were dismissive and even insulting to the quality of football
on the continent," Jordaan said of the team's performance.
year South Africa were knocked out in the quarter-finals of the African
Nations Cup, which they also hosted. They also failed to qualify for the
2014 World Cup finals in Brazil.
Team nicknames are popular
throughout Africa. Among the better known are reigning African champions
Nigeria - the Super Eagles; Egypt's Pharoahs and the Elephants from
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