It is always a great achievement when a player reaches 50 caps for his country, and today South African holding midfielder Sibaya did just that…Goal.com is in Rustenburg for today’s match between South Africa and New Zealand in the Confederations Cup. It is a 'do or die' encounter for Bafana, but for some fans in the stadium, Sibaya has stolen the show.
The Rubin Kaza defensive midfielder has been a pillar of strength in the middle of the park for Bafana on countless occasions, with his coaches always counting on him to be a calm influence and a leader to the other players.
Playing in Joel Santana’s starting eleven, Sibaya won his 50th cap for Bafana, and at half time Goal.com was among the fans to find out what they thought about the tough midfielder’s accomplishment.
“He is an inspiration to the fans, and he fights for every ball. He deserves to reach 100 caps one day and maybe he should be our captain after Aaron [Mokoena] retires. It is a pity he plays in Russia, he should be playing in one of the better European leagues. Well done Macbeth,” said 24-year-old cashier Linda.
“Wow 50 caps is a big milestone, but you could see from the start that a player like him would do great things. He works hard and is so serious about his time with the national team. He is a leader within the squad and I’m sure the players are proud of him,” said John from Johannesburg.
Alexan from Rustenburg had this to say about Sibaya’s achievement, “It is excellent, to be honest I thought he had more, but that just goes to show how long he has been at this game for Bafana. South Africa need more players like him in the squad.”
Out of the active players that are still eligible to play for South Africa, only Benni McCarthy, Sibusiso Zuma and captain Aaron Mokoena have more caps than Sibaya.
PLAYERS WITH 50 BAFANA CAPS
87 - Aaron Mokoena (including the New Zealand match)
76 - Benni McCarthy
74 - Shaun Bartlett
73 - John Moshoeu
72 - Delron Buckley, Siyabonga Nomvete
70 - Lucas Radebe
67 - Andre Arendse, Sibusiso Zuma
66 - Helman Mkhalele
62 - Mark Fish
58 - Phil Masinga
52 - Neil Tovey
50 - Doctor Khumalo
Goal.com congratulates Macbeth Sibaya on reaching 50 caps for South Africa!
Peter Pedroncelli, Goal.com