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South Africa are one of only two Cosafa
member country to have won the African Nations Cup title, doing so on home soil
at their first attempt in 1996. Zambia joined them with their 2012 success.
South Africa were runners-up in Burkina
Faso two years later and finished third at the 2000 Nations Cup tournament in
Ghana and Nigeria. Bafana Bafana have also qualified for three World Cups,
competing in France in 1998 and South Korea in 2002. They also hosted the
tournament in 2010.
They also won the Afro-Asian Nations Cup,
beating Asian champions Saudi Arabia over two legs in 1999. They also hold the
distinction of being the only southern African country to provide a winner of
an African club competition with Orlando Pirates taking the African Champions
Cup in 1995 and Kaizer Chiefs the African Cup Winners Cup in 2001.
But despite all that success, South Africa
reached the final of Cosafa Castle Cup for the first time in 2002, winning the
trophy with a 4-1 aggregate triumph over Malawi in the two-legged final.
After more barren years, they have also
claimed the last two tournaments, beating old foes Zambia on penalties in the
final in 2007, and running out victorious in 2008, despite fielding an
unofficial Presidents XI line-up that included players mostly from the
second tier of South African football.
They repeated that squad mix in Zimbabwe in
2009, but ended up finishing fourth after losing to Mozambique in the
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