The South Africa men's national football team represents the Republic of South Africa in association football and is controlled by the South African Football Association, the governing body for football in South Africa. South Africa's home ground is FNB Stadium, so named due to a naming rights deal, in Johannesburg. The team is currently under in charge of Ephraim Mashaba, who was appointed as coach in July 2014. The team's greatest achievement was winning the Africa Cup of Nations at home in 1996.
Having played their first match in 1924, they returned to the world stage in 1992, after 16 years of being banned from FIFA due to the apartheid system. In 2010, South Africa became the first African nation to host the FIFA World Cup when it hosted the 19th FIFA World Cup in 2010. The team's Siphiwe Tshabalala was also the first player to score in this World Cup during the opening game against Mexico. Despite defeating France 2–1 in their final game of the Group Stage, they failed to progress from the first round of the tournament, becoming the first host nation in the history of the FIFA World Cup to exit in the group stage.Close