Who Is South Africa’s Themba Zwane? All You Need To Know About Bafana Bafana’s AFCON Hero vs Namibia

Who Is South Africa’s Themba Zwane? All You Need To Know About Bafana Bafana’s AFCON Hero vs Namibia

Joel Reyes
updated at February 13, 2024 at 11:54 AM
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  • South Africa defeated Namibia on Sunday to record their first win at AFCON 2023
  • Bafana Bafana recorded the biggest win in this year's AFCON tournament
  • Themba Zwane led the way for South Africa, scoring a brace against the Brave Warriors

South Africa secured their first win at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations with a resounding 4-0 victory over Namibia on Sunday night.

Themba Zwane scored twice to give Bafana Bafana the all-important win.

Here’s all you need to know about South Africa's football hero.

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Themba Zwane celebrates after scoring a goal vs. Namibia. Image: FADEL SENNA.
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Who is Themba Zwane?

Themba Zwane was born on August 3, 1989, in Tembisa, South Africa.

The 34-year-old midfielder is married to Lizzy Likhayo. They have two children together.

Zwane started his football career with the Mamelodi Sundowns in 2011 and eventually became one of the club's greatest players.

He only left the team once, joining Mpumalanga Black Aces on loan in the 2013-14 season.

That experience did Zwane good as he established himself in the first team of Sundowns soon after.

He has scored 55 goals for the Sundowns in the Premier Soccer League, 21 of which came in the 2019-20 and 2020-21 seasons.

Zwane has won numerous individual awards at club level, including PSL Footballer of the Season, PSL Player's Player of the Season, PSL Midfielder of the Season, Sundowns Player of the Season, and Sundowns' Players' Player of the Season in the 2019-20 campaign.

He also won the PFA Player of the Year in the 2020-21 season.

He has won the South African Premier Division eight times, including each of the last six editions.

Zwane gives Bafana Bafana AFCON boost

He has been representing South Africa on the international stage since 2014. He was called up by Bafana Bafana for friendlies in Australia and New Zealand, per SBS.

Zwane opened his account in this year's Africa Cup of Nations with a fantastic strike in the 25th minute of their game against Namibia.

He gave Bafana Bafana a 2-0 lead when he diverted Thapelo Morena's cross into the back of the net with a powerful finish.

He doubled his tally just before the half-time break, clipping in the goal after making a superb run into the box.

Bafana Bafana bounce back at AFCON 2023

Sports Brief also reported on South Africa's 4-0 win over Namibia.

Percy Tau opened the scoring for Bafana in the 14th minute via a penalty.

Thapelo Maseko completed the rout in the 75th minute.

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Joel Reyes is a sports editor at Sportsbrief.com with a Bachelor of Arts degree in Journalism from the University of the Philippines. He has eight years of work experience in sports writing.
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