First post-isolation match as a unified, non-racial national team
On 7 July 1992, in South Africa’s first post-isolation match as a unified, non-racial national team, the national side under coach Screamer Tshabalala beat 1990 World Cup quarter-finalists, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, 1–0 in front of a crowd of 40 000 delirious fans in Durban. Doctor Khumalo scored South Africa’s first goal in international football with a penalty in the 82nd minute. The South African line-up consisted of Anderson, Nyati, Radebe, Komphela, Kambule, Moosa (Makalakalane 51), Khuse, Tovey, Khumalo, Madida, and Masinga. The friendly three-match series was drawn 1–1. It did not take long for the national XI to be affectionately named Bafana Bafana, meaning “The Boys”, a name coined by reporters of The Sowetan newspaper. The name immediately caught on, stuck, and is today recognised in all corners of the international football family.
Soon after the series against Cameroon, South Africa entered the qualifying rounds for the ’94 African Cup of Nations, and the ’94 World Cup. South Africa’s lack of international exposure became apparent when they lost matches against Cameroon, Zimbabwe, Zambia and Nigeria – the country’s only four consecutive losses during its first ten years of international participation. Captain Steve Komphela and stand-in coach Ephraim Mashaba’s side, however, rose to the challenge when they chalked up their first victory in a FIFA-sanctioned match (World Cup qualifier) with a 1–0 win over Congo late in 1992.
South Africa was formally readmitted to women’s world football at the first Women’s World Conference on Football held in Switzerland in October 1992, which saw local interest in women’s football quickly escalate, enabling local clubs to reorganise into a national body under SAFA.
On the domestic front Meadowlands Arsenals from Soweto beat Sebokeng Two for Joy 2–0 in the final of the Toyota U-21 Club Championships, a competition launched in 1988 by the former SASA. Wits University retained the Caltex Colts U-20 League title by defeating Hellenic 2–0 while the inaugural KFC/USASSA U-17 Knockout Competition was won by Moletsane High School from Gauteng.
In the professional National Soccer League Kaizer Chiefs won the 1992 BobSave Super Bowl and the League for the second year running, while the popular start-of-season Iwisa Charity Spectacular was won by Moroka Swallows. The first Coca-Cola Challenge, open to all first division clubs, was won by AmaZulu.
In the amateur ranks Real Aces beat Alberton 3–2 in the final of the 1992 Smirnoff League Competition, SAFA’s biggest league competition with 1 200 teams competing. The 1992 Sparletta Cup (knockout competition) was won by Kimberly Celtic United who beat United Scientists 2–1. The Maize Power Champion of Champions competition, open to the regional winners of the three major amateur competitions (the Smirnoff League, the Sparletta Knockout Competition and the BobSave Super Bowl), was won by Wits University who beat Two for Joy 3–1.