Goodbye Bafana

2011-03-24 08:02

Johannesburg - Bafana Bafana's famous moniker will soon be phased out and SAFA is expected to call on South Africans to choose a new nickname for the national squad, reports the Sowetan.

The process of getting rid of the nickname, which was coined by the Sowetan sports department and has since become an international brand, has received massive support from the government.

This comes after Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula said on Wednesday that the department supports the idea of giving the team a new and vibrant sobriquet.

Sowetan has learnt that the task team appointed by SAFA's national executive committee has a suggestion.

The committee, led by SAFA president Kirsten Nematandani, his deputy Danny Jordaan and executive member Alpha Mchunu, will present their recommendations for a new nickname at a meeting in Johannesburg on Friday.

The management committee, which includes Irvin Khoza, Mandla "Shoes" Mazibuko and Chief Mwelo Nonkonyana, will meet today to prepare for Friday's meeting.

Mbalula said: "It's a debate that must come to finality. We need lions that will roar. I'm not saying we must call the team The Lions. We don't need elephants. If you are a Bafana Bafana, you can just be a boy next door who must bring water. Bafana Bafana was a very nice nickname when it was conceptualised."


  • mycousin - 2011-03-24 08:25

    what a load of bullsh@*!!! They will allways be bafana bafana to the people

      kolobe - 2011-03-24 09:44

      the should be called "malemas",some people wet themselves at the mention of the name

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 10:03

      @kolobe yup every time I see him or hear him, I laugh so much I wet myself!

      DoktaPhill - 2011-03-24 12:25

      SAFA with their usual disorganization and procrastination messed up with the registering of the name of our national football team. Therefor they should pay for us (the People) to have the right to call them "BAFANA BAFANA". Forget all the animal names like the Green Mambas, the Elephants, Eagles Tigers, Leopards, etc etc. (I can't remember all of the silly animal names I've heard). Most have been used anyway and we may as well just call "the SPRINGBOKS" then. Ignore all the cynical and infantile names of the "nay-sayers". But if the name absolutely has to be changed, why not just drop the one "Bafana", (it is already often and affectionately shortened to such) and simply call them "E'BAFANA" or "AMABAFANA". This would mean "THE BOYS" (in English), or "DIE MANNE" (in Afrikaans). No more, "you can just be a boy next door who must bring water", as Mbalula has implied. There that was easy and you don't even have to pay me millions of Rand. If that was done quietly hardly anyone would have noticed, but NO, SAFA have to make a noise. But, My Cousin, I think you are right, in the end the Football Loving Public, the Fans, the People, will decide what they will call their Team. And, despite what SAFA says or wants, that may well still be "BAFANA BAFANA"!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:19

      @DoktaPhill AmaBafana? Wow, where did you learn the language? There is no such word in Zulu or Xhosa

  • Rory - 2011-03-24 08:26

    What about the "unscoreables"?

      Shadango7 - 2011-03-25 06:45


      Jik - 2011-03-25 07:24

      Anything as long as it's not Springboks.. please!

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:19

      Stop talking about your sex life in public, Rory

  • Anthony - 2011-03-24 08:29

    and how much will this little exercise cost the tax payer again and who's family is going to do it?????

      nicozandberg - 2011-03-24 09:53

      Nothing more than what is being spent on rugby

      African79 - 2011-03-24 10:18

      In the past so much maney has been spent on rugby and cricket with the maney stone from poor people.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 10:29

      @African79 oh boy, we can't fix stupid can we? Maybe you should go visit your local library and brush up on your ignorance, you braindead ANC muppet.

      DeonL - 2011-03-24 10:48

      African79- Money money money, and stole. I think Jimmy M has confused you, you are not alone. Or you might be stoned?

      Shenkin - 2011-03-24 11:06

      @africa79 - your ridiculous comment comes after BILLIONS was spent on stadiums for 2010 of which many will, if not already have, become white elephants

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:20

      Nothing, unless you wish to contribute. Happy to give you my bank account if you insist

  • CDS - 2011-03-24 08:29

    Unbelievable what authorities spend (erm...waste) money on in this country! As said above, they will always be known as Bafana Bafana to the people.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:21

      What is wrong with spending money? Not spending money is a problem, because it means you have no economy.

  • Mango - 2011-03-24 08:33

    Let's call them the shamboks.

      mycousin - 2011-03-24 08:42

      ha ha ha!!

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-24 09:37

      Brilliant!!! LMFAO!!!!!

  • Chalkie - 2011-03-24 08:34

    What is it with South Africans and nicknames, why not shout South Africa from the stands, call them South Africa in the newspapers, call them South Africa on international television, discuss South Africa in the pubs and taverns.... GO SOUTH AFRICA...!!!!!

  • CDS - 2011-03-24 08:37

    If they must, then Madala Madala. Perfect fit for the SAFA authorities.

  • besh - 2011-03-24 08:37

    Call them SNAILS SNAILS .

  • KingKenny7 - 2011-03-24 08:38

    Nooooooo!!!! such a beloved nickname! whats wrong with being "a boy next door who must bring water"? If you look at Hernandez from Man U his nickname chicharito means "little pea" - and yet he is still a feared striker - more so than "hulk" from Porto! The english are Lions and look at their trach record! let the masses vote - we want Bafana to STAY!!!

      Makenzi - 2011-03-24 10:38

      i fully agree with u. bafana bafana has always been the people's favorite name. whatever name they change to, the name bafana bafana will always be in south african's minds and hearts

      StaalBurgher - 2011-03-24 12:13

      In Africa there is a huge contest between the chip-on-the-shoulder and their egos. Thus they want a name that won't remind them that they are but boys on the world stage.

      Ntsikei - 2011-03-28 10:40

      The main problem with this name is it keeps on enrichining one man,.........Mr Smidt..... now that Mbalula wants to change the name, he wants to sell it for R33mill....what a greedy man......... we must use a totaly new name that will profit football & it's development only.........................Oobhejane! will be a good name 4 our soccer team, finish &'s one of our African big five animals, "The Rhino" ....... it is strong, powerful, and can outrun big elephants.........a pack of Rhinos can even kill a human & a lion.

  • Edmund - 2011-03-24 08:41

    ABSOLUTELY stupid..... spend all that time building a following and recognition for a name only to throw it all away. The whole world knows that name after the world cup. What could you possibly gain by renaming a team to something that no one will know???? But then... why am I still surprised...

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:25

      Funny how they play cricket in Mumbai. It was Bombay and it seems Mumbai has found support too. I have no doubt the new name will catch on soon enough if it is catchy

  • B - 2011-03-24 08:41

    Guess it is because some else has the rights to the name and not SAFA... Or so I heard a while ago.

      David - 2011-03-24 08:53

      I think you have hit the nail on the head!!!!!!!!!

  • Sidney - 2011-03-24 08:46

    Rainbow Stars

  • jiamalunga - 2011-03-24 08:51

    All Black!

      ksetshotlho - 2011-03-24 09:04

      lol. Now that's the funniest thing i've heard this week. all blacks, lol, classic. i wonder if your sentiments are shared though. lmfao still

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:26

      David Soma might be soma upset, you racist pig!!!

  • Mark - 2011-03-24 08:55

    Why change their nickname. This certainly won't result in any better football from them.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:27

      If you read the article and have been following the news, they have no choice but to change the name. They fell asleep and someone stole the rights

  • Straight Forward - 2011-03-24 08:58

    Why change the name? A name change will not improve their dismal performances. Just called them South Africa then people will know why their standards are so low

      Straight Forward - 2011-03-24 09:25

      KingKenny7, you sound so irate. Why? Cannot face the truth. Where do they rank in world football? You must be one of the faithful in SA that no matter what, your head is up your ar@e

      Shistirrer - 2011-03-24 09:39

      Ca-a-a-a-an you fe-e-e-e-e-el the lo-o-o-o-o-o-ove toni-i-i-i-i-i-i-ight..... (With apologies to Elton John)

  • J Bones - 2011-03-24 09:01

    Most of our national teams at some time or the other draped themselfs in glory, exception being the soccer teams. So, perhaps more time should be spent on working out the why and fixing it rather than spending time and money on a name.

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-03-24 09:08

      a wise man has spoken

      King - 2011-03-24 09:46

      African Champions in 1996. That's close enough to glory.

      Spazman - 2011-03-24 10:20

      Have to agree with King Shaka !!!! Pity they couldn't build on the Championship....

      Lump of coal - 2011-03-24 10:21

      Hey Shaka, could it be that the ANC had not quite got around to stuffing up football by 96 ?? And the racial composition was different ?? And heck 15yrs ago I was only 30 !!!!!

      Stox - 2011-03-24 10:26

      African champions (a tournament not exactly adorned with the best teams in the world by any margin), 15 years ago... "glory"... don't buy it, sadly. One limping, ruffled sparrow does not summer make. Or however the saying goes. But I suppose that'll have to do ;) Please don't judge me, I know this is a soccer topic, but support the Springboks! They win stuff :D even when they don't they're still kewl ^^ and they have a nice name already which has had it's ups (some of the best) and downs (some thunderous shockers), yet still stands strong. The team and the supporters make the name guys. Rebranding can't replace skill and efficiency.

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:28

      Yes, I presume winning the African Nations Cup was less than glory. Cricket team has yet to win the 8 team world cup. Yes, glory indeed

  • Amelam - 2011-03-24 09:02

    What about the Prima Donnas?

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:28

      What about Your Mama?

  • Homo-Sapien - 2011-03-24 09:06


  • besh - 2011-03-24 09:07

    Cant call them "All Black" Have you painted David Somma Jiamalunga ?

  • Peter Leonard - 2011-03-24 09:08

    I cant believe it !!!! Firstly the name Bafana Bafana is great and it was accepted by everyone, What a waste of money to re-brand- Typical

      lenand40 - 2011-03-25 15:29

      They have to. Someone has the rights and he wants lots of money for it

  • The Spear - 2011-03-24 09:09

    I will ALWAYS call them Bafana. You can call them whatever you want.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 09:28

      Call me whatever you want, just not late for supper.

  • Njobo - 2011-03-24 09:12

    What about Azania Leopards?Soon we'll be changing our country's name to Azania as per our 1960's vision and appart from Indonesia, Pakistan, India, Sri Lanka, Indochina, Malaysia, and China,South Africa is the only country which still has a huge population of Leopards! Azania Leopards yeah!Yeah!Yeah! Info on Leopard for some of ignorant members:The species' success in the wild is in part due to its opportunistic hunting behavior, its adaptability to habitats, its ability to run at speeds approaching 58 kilometres per hour (36 mph), its unequaled ability to climb trees even when carrying a heavy carcass,[3] and its notorious ability for stealth!Yeah,thats our boys!

      Homo-Sapien - 2011-03-24 09:16

      very optimistic, but I like it.

      LogicBomb - 2011-03-24 09:30

      Holy crap, sounds like I've been watching the wrong team get their asses whipped all these years. For a second there, I thought you were referring to Brazil or Italy. bwahahahaha thanks for the laugh, can't fault your optimism though!

      exocist - 2011-03-24 10:51

      what team were you watching?

  • Jen - 2011-03-24 09:14

    Haha very funny! is changing their nickname supposed to make them win now? I suppose, since changing the coach didnt... what a joke!

  • Gunner Nash - 2011-03-24 09:23

    How about the Mandela Boys, since everything is being renamed after Mandela

  • Eric - 2011-03-24 09:23

    Why not focus on teaching them to win games as a team. SAFA is just another example of incompetence, get with it man there is no (legal) quick fix for sports. But what can you expect I mean all we have to judge them on is performance.... and I’m sorry to say both bafana's and SAFA has been extreme (embarrassments) disappointments for SA..

  • nic69ers - 2011-03-24 09:29

    Gotta love the new South Africa, as soon as some ball bag gets power they want to change the name to prove they have the biggest d*ck!! Why mess with what people know and love!! Bunch of f*cking idiots!!

  • MactheKnife - 2011-03-24 09:29

    Bafana Bafana is a sissy name, give the soccer side a more vibrant name

      Slumdog - 2011-03-24 09:37

      What about the Muppets???

      exocist - 2011-03-24 10:53

      soccer is a sissy game

  • ET AFRICA - 2011-03-24 09:34

    they should be 'the national springbook soccer team', !

      Spazman - 2011-03-24 10:22


  • Stylin - 2011-03-24 09:35

    Once again, SAFA's inability to secure the name rights for "Bafana Bafana" by not registering it in time is resulting in all the crap about a new name.Come on SAFA own up.You messed up and now you want to put a spin on it???

  • AGENT - 2011-03-24 09:35

    Just like the Sprinboks will always be the Springboks to me , the Bafana Bafana will always be the Bafana Bafana to me. These are politicians that are waisting every body time with BULLSHIT, they are to "slapgat" to get down and do some real work so they keep themselves busy with this kinda crap. I HATE POLITICIANS.

  • tristan bates - 2011-03-24 09:37

    What a load of lies, the real reason for the change is that the name bafana bafana is registered to a white male about 20 years ago, safa lost a court case against the registered owner who receives large royalties for the use of the name. So to avoid paying for the use of the registered name they are changing the name to line their own pockets. There you have it, the truth.

      AquaticApe - 2011-03-24 09:50

      And that is really the real reason for the name change.

  • Aldrich - 2011-03-24 09:38

    They should call ALL national team AMAbokko bokko

  • Trevor - 2011-03-24 09:41

    Typical of the ANC idiots, name changes fixes everything...

  • Trevor - 2011-03-24 09:47

    Yep all lies once want the it is...bunch of lieing ANC medling really take us South Africans as gatvol of the ANC and it's lies...

  • Spazman - 2011-03-24 09:48

    Here's a suggestion why not the Springbok Soccer team?

      exocist - 2011-03-24 10:55

      to slumdog relax or mummy's going to put soap in your dirty mouth

  • Stuart Warren - 2011-03-24 09:49

    dig deeper and see that a bumbling SAFA forgot to register the brand name "bafana bafana" letting someone else score that very lucrative goal. such a fail

  • Sam - 2011-03-24 09:52

    Can only agree! Let's find a name that will raise the the passion of players 2 become part of our national pride and not just that of soccer boys.

  • derkus - 2011-03-24 09:54

    Call them Banana Banana

  • derkus - 2011-03-24 09:57

    Call them Banana Banana and all that must be done is replace the F with a N lots of money saved,but I own the copywrite

  • li'l cherub - 2011-03-24 09:58

    Springboks? Naaaah, they're not good enough!

  • Freakfloyd - 2011-03-24 09:59

    Pretoria = Tswane, Warmbaths = Bela Bela, etc, etc. Why change everything ? Go Bafana !

  • Ragged-Tooth - 2011-03-24 09:59

    the Proteas. They wanna shove that emblem on all our sports, let's put soccer under the same brush.

  • Shaun Tooray - 2011-03-24 10:05

    The reason for this is that SAFA did not copyright the name - and a clever S. African had copyrighted it -so obviously it will cost them tons to buy it out -so hence they putting their spin on things

  • TheStig - 2011-03-24 10:07

    Proteas....That is the chosen name for all SA sport teams, isn't it? Cricket adopted it, rugby is fighting shouldn't the football team lead by example and just accept it!

      Jacques - 2011-03-27 12:48

      Proteas do not move, just bask in the sun. No wonder our cricket team choke every time - these guys has taken the no movement serious. At least Dolphins can head a ball into a goal - better than our soccer team can.

  • xozamandi - 2011-03-24 10:18

    there are loads of ways to make other people rich, and if you can ask how much they've spent or they are gonna spend just for this, millions of's utterly a stupid idea...

  • Phillip - 2011-03-24 10:20

    a rose by any other name...will still play bad soccer...

  • Stox - 2011-03-24 10:31

    Please don't judge me, I know this is a soccer topic, but look at the Springboks! They win stuff :D even when they don't they're still kewl ^^ And they have a nice name already which has had it's ups (some of the best) and downs (some thunderous shockers), yet still stands strong. When you run out there you want to give 100% to the springbok name, and when the times are tough and they aren't doing well, that's when you remember the good times and glory days and try bring the name back to what it once was. If your child is under performing you don't throw it away and get a new one, you teach it to perform. The team and the supporters make the name guys. Rebranding can't replace skill, efficiency or dedication. Werd.

      Jacques - 2011-03-27 12:53

      Abram to Abraham, Jacob to Isreal a name change is a must if the current name has some real negative vibes.

  • zoggoz - 2011-03-24 10:33

    what a lot of crap about nothing

  • tdk25 - 2011-03-24 10:34

    So let me get this straight: You have a team that has never won anything in a decade, has slipped from the number one in Africa (we'll keep it home for now) to well u know miserable.....and the priority is to change their name???? WTF is wrong with these black people???? Priorities about changing their game plan, winning matches???

  • El Cid - 2011-03-24 10:40

    I second the motion of many here. Changing the name is not going to change anything else. The sooner government stops interfering in sport, the better things will turn out for all. The whole team makeup must change for any significant improvement in performance. But with the ANC AA and BEE crap, it's just another day in this banana republic.