Sundowns anchor-man gets bafana call up

20 March 2019

Mamelodi Sundowns anchor-man and third year Sport Management student Tiyani Mabunda, has earned a call up to the national football team ahead of their clash their decisive Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier clash against Lybia, on 22 March in Tunisia. 

Shadrack Nthangeni (left) congratulating Tiyani Mabunda on his Bafana Bafana call up.

The 30 year old who hails from Giyani in Limpopo made headlines late last year when he opted to return and finish his studies. Mabunda’s off the field character has made him a cut above the rest following the creation of his foundation Tiyani Mabunda Foundation, which among many of its projects has sponsored the TUT internal football league last year.

Shadrack Nthangeni, Director of Sport and Recreation said, As TUT Sport they wish to congratulate Tiyani Shuga Mabunda for his inclusion in the Bafana Bafana squad to play against Libya in a must win match to qualify for the AFCON tournament. It is always fulfilling when we see the product of our football teams receiving the highest accolade in football, to represent their country. He is currently having the best season both in the PSL and CAF competition, as a soccer star Tiyani remains humble and continues to raise TUT flag high.

South Africa face the North Africans needing only a draw, to book their place in the Afcon championships in Egypt in June. Bafana is currently second behind Nigeria in their group, two points ahead of Libya, with two teams assured of a place in the biennial competition.

According to Coach Stuart Baxter this is a massive game for South African football in general. Baxter said he is convinced that if his side maintains self-belief and play according to their potential, they have every reason to pull out the desired result.

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