Find out Sphephelo Sithole’s salary, biography and career stats

Find out Sphephelo Sithole’s salary, biography and career stats

Kevin Omuya
May 26, 2024 at 11:00 AM
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Sphephelo S'Miso Sithole, known as "Yaya," is among the most promising South African football stars. After honing his talents with the South African U-17 squad, he played for Sporting CP U19 in Portugal and obtained necessary experience playing on the European stage. Let us delve into Sphephelo Sithole's salary and other personal information.

Sphephelo Sithole's salary and career stats
Sphephelo Sithole playing for Portugal's Tondela FC (L) and during Bafana Bafana's game (R). Photo: @yaya_sithole_42
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Sithole is known for his skills, commitment, and experience. The midfielder has represented his nation in the Africa Cup of Nations. He plays for Tondela in Liga Portugal and has attracted the interest of some top European clubs.

Profile summary



Full name

Sphephelo S'Miso Sithole



Date of birth

March 3, 1999

Place of birth

Durban, South Africa


25 years old as of 2024


South African




1.86m (6'1")


79kg (170lbs)

Marital status


Jersey number



Professional football player

Current team

Tondela FC



Social media

Instagram, X(Twitter)

Sphephelo Sithole’s biography

The South African footballer, often known as "Yaya," is a talented young athlete. Sphephelo Sithole (age 25 as of May 2024) was born on March 3, 1999, in Durban, South Africa. Sithole is 1.86 metres tall and weighs 79kg.

Sphephelo Sithole's biography
South African midfielder Sphephelo Sithole. Photo: @yaya_sithole_42
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Sphephelo Sithole’s salary and net worth

According to Capology, the footballer has earned around $213,228 gross during his playing career. Details of his annual salary at Tondela FC remain undisclosed.

Sphephelo Sithole’s net worth

Sphephelo Sithole's wealth is unknown due to a lack of publicly accessible information. According to FootballTransfers, Yaya Sithole's current market value lies between $300k and $400k.

Sphephelo Sithole's career

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Sphephelo Sithole of South Africa controls the ball during the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations round-of-16 match on January 30, 2024. Photo: Ulrik Pedersen
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Between 2015 and 2016, Sithole honed his craft with the South African under-17 national team. He also honed his expertise through exposure to professional and international contests. He joined the Sporting CP U19 team in Portugal in 2017.

After joining Portuguese club Belenenses SAD in 2019, he moved on to Spain's Primera Liga the following year. He established himself as a mainstay in Belenenses' starting lineup.

Despite his improved footballing skills, Belenenses got relegated in 2023. He left the club to join Liga 2 club, CD Tondela of Portugal.

International career

Thanks to his outstanding play for his club, Sithole can play for Bafana Bafana, South Africa's national team, in November 2021. Ivory Coast hosted the 2023 African Football Confederation (AFCON) tournament, in which he also participated.

The midfielder played for Bafana Bafana in the 2023 African Football Confederation (AFCON) in Ivory Coast. According to his Transfermarkt stats, he debuted for the national team on June 9, 2022, in a 2-1 defeat to Morocco during an AFCON qualifier match. He has 16 caps as of May 2024.

Sphephelo Sithole’s stats

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South Africa's midfielder (13) Sphephelo Sithole (C) during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football against Cape Verde on February 3, 2024. Photo: Franck Fife
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The Bafana Bafana star has played 22 matches in the 2023/24 LigaPro season, scoring two goals. Fotmob reveals he has accrued eight yellow cards and one red card. Here is a breakdown of Sphephelo Sithole’s teams throughout his career:

  • Youth Career: South Africa U-17 (2015-2016), Sporting CP U19 (2017-2018)
  • Professional Career: Belenenses SAD (2019-2023), CD Tondela (present; joined July 11, 2023)
  • National Team: South Africa (present; debuted November 2021)

Sphephelo Sithole’s injury

Sithole was an integral part of Broos's squad that made it to the AFCON 2023. Unfortunately, an injury prevented Sithole from participating in an AFCON match versus Morocco. As a result, the 24-year-old footballer suffered a broken foot bone.

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TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations group stage match between Mali and South Africa at Amadou Gon Coulibaly Stadium on January 16, 2024. Photo: MB Media
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The footballer underwent surgery on his left foot in May 2023, which took him nearly two months to recover. Sithole was sidelined with an injury in March 2024, just before the pilot project for the FIFA Series international friendly was to begin.

The South African Football Association confirmed Sphephelo's absence, as published by SNL24. He missed their game against Algeria.

"Coach Hugo Broos had to make a couple of changes from the 23-member squad he announced a few days ago, with Siyanda Xulu and Thabang Monare replacing Siyabonga Ngezana and Sphephelo Sithole. Sithole was ruled out through injury while Ngezana was withdrawn due to travel difficulties in Romania,"

Sphephelo Sithole’s social media

The South African footballer is available online. As of May 2024, Sphephelo Sithole’s Instagram page had more than 18k followers. He is also available on (X) Twitter, with more than 9k followers.

Frequently Asked Questions

The youngster is a promising talent to Bafana Bafana. These are some commonly asked questions about the South African player.

What teams has Sphephelo Sithole played for?

In addition to the South African national team, he has played for Sporting CP U19 (Portugal), Belenenses SAD (Portugal), and currently at CD Tondela (Portugal).

What position does Sphephelo Sithole play?

Sithole is a midfielder known for his height (1.86m) and presence on the field.

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Sphephelo Sithole of Belenenses SAD in action during the Liga NOS match against FC Porto at Estadio Nacional on February 4, 2021. Photo: Gualter Fatia
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What is Sphephelo Sithole's nickname?

He is nicknamed "Yaya."

Did Sphephelo Sithole suffer any recent injuries?

The midfielder suffered an injury in March 2024 and missed South Africa's crucial games. He has reportedly recovered and is fit to play.

When did Sphephelo Sithole debut for South Africa?

He debuted for Bafana Bafana on June 9, 2022, during their AFCON qualifier against Morocco.

Final word

Sphephelo Sithole's salary might increase because he is doing a better job, and the games are improving. He is a role model to many and has earned a lot of wealth thanks to his career.

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Kevin Omuya is a Content Writer with 4 years of experience who joined Sports Brief in 2022. In 2019 he held a Bachelor of Arts in Journalism & Digital Media from KCA University.