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Bafana Bafana legends of 1998: Where are they now?

19:37 GMT 08/12/2022
Bafana 98: Where are they now?
SA were not overawed by the occasion and while they lost to the hosts, they managed draws with Denmark and Saudi Arabia to finish third in their group

It was a star-studded Bafana Bafana side which represented South Africa with pride at their first-ever World Cup - France 1998.
Bafana also qualified for the 2002 World Cup in Korea/ Japan, and featured in the 2010 version as the host country.

Now 24 years since South Africa debuted at the World Cup, it's arguable that the 1998 side was the best-ever Bafana team, many of those players also having been part of the 1996 Afcon winning unit.

For the most part, many of the class of 98 legends are still involved in the game.

  • Bafana Bafana 1998 World Cup France Hans Vonk

    Hans Vonk

    The former Bafana Bafana number one spent nearly a decade at Ajax Cape Town where he ended his playing career and later became head of youth development and director of football. But when the Cape side split from their Dutch counterparts in 2020, Vonk parted ways and is yet to return to the game.

  • Pierre Issa

    Pierre Issa

    Having previously worked as sporting director of Greek side Olympiacos, Issa is now operating as a football agent in Europe.

  • Lucas Radebe, April 2022

    Lucas Radebe

    Radebe runs the Lucas Radebe Management Company, a collaboration between South African brands and community projects.

    The former Bafana Bafana, Leeds United and Kaizer Chiefs player is on the Confederation of African Football (Caf) Technical and Development Committee. In September 2022 he was also named on the Safa technical committee. He reportedly harbours ambitions of one day becoming the Safa president.

  • Libery Masunda and Willem Jackson - Chiefs vs Pirates

    Willem Jackson

    After retiring from football, the tough-tackling ex Bafana Bafana and Buccaneers centre-back coached at Platinum Stars and Highlands Park.
  • Mark Fish, South Africa - June 2019

    Mark Fish

    The former Lazio, Orlando Pirates, Jomo Cosmos and Bolton Wanders defender is currently running the Mark Fish foundation, an organization which has been doing great work in football development in rural locations all over South Africa.

  • David Nyathi and Brian Laudrup

    David Nyathi

    The former Cape Town Spurs, Orlando Pirates, Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana left-back is working on the Safa Technical Committee these days. He was also an assistant coach previously at Ajax Cape Town.

  • Doctor Khumalo during the 2021 Nedbank Cup Press Conference

    Doctor Khumalo

    Legendary ex-Kaizer Chiefs and Bafana Bafana midfielder Khumalo is a regular television analyst and also is a newspaper columnist.

  • Quinton Fortune

    Quinton Fortune

    After spending many years as a youth coach and ambassador at Manchester United (where he also previously played under Sir Alex Ferguson), the Cape Town born Fortune was just last month announced as assistant coach at Mexican Liga MX side Deportivo Guadalajara.

  • John Moshoeu

    John Moshoeu

    Sadly one of South African football's greatest ever talents succumbed to stomach cancer on 21 April 2015 at the Morningside Hospital after a lengthy battle, aged just 49.

  • Kaizer Chiefs' Shaun Bartlett - May 2019

    Shaun Bartlett

    Bartlett is the head coach at second-tier side Cape Town Spurs (formerly Ajax Cape Town), having previously coached at Golden Arrows, Kaizer Chiefs, AmaTuks and TS Galaxy.

  • Phil Masinga of Bafana at the World Cup

    Phil Masinga

    Tragically South African football also lost another of it's heroes, Masinga, also to cancer. Like Moshoeu the former Leeds United and Mamelodi Sundowns striker was only 49 when he passed on, in 2019.

  • Benni McCarthy, Manchester United, July 2022

    Benni McCarthy

    Having enjoyed success as a coach in the PSL with Cape Town City and AmaZulu, Bafana Bafana's all-time leading goalscorer is now living the dream as a coach at Manchester United where he's tasked with working with the forwards.