South Africa to remain ‘Bafana Bafana’

AP, Friday 24 Jun 2011

The South African Football Association says it has struck a 5 million rand ($700,000) deal to retain the national team’s Bafana Bafana nickname

South Africa

Friday’s announcement came after a period of uncertainty—at one stage, South African fans were asked to come up with a new name.

“Bafana Bafana,” an affectionate phrase roughly translated as “our boys,” was patented by a local businessman in 1994.

In 2002, South Africa’s Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed a SAFA motion that it had any rights over Bafana Bafana.

SAFA says the name “resonates with fans both locally and internationally.”

The fee will be paid out over a year.

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