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TBT: MacBeth Sibaya, Mr Nice And Simple

His playing style was as unconventional as his name and perhaps regarded as one of the most ‘un-South African’ players. We throw it back to MacBeth Sibaya.

He shares a name with a tragic Shakespearian play, Sibaya was born on 25 November 1977 in Durban.

He enjoyed an illustrious career that saw him play across Europe in countries such as Hungary, Norway and Russia.

He turned out for the likes of Kerületi, Rosenborg and Rubin Kazan.

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Sibaya’s European journey was not without success and he managed to lift the Norwegian Premier League title, the Russian Premier League in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Russian Super Cup in 2010.

There was nothing flashy about Sibaya’s game. In fact it was his simplicity that saw him being crowned the best player in his debut season for Kazan.

He was also a stalwart for the national team and formed part of the 2002 and 2010 FIFA World Cup squads. The 42-year-old featured an impressive 62 times for Bafana Bafana.

Sibaya called it a day in 2013, while still on the books of Moroka Swallows.

He hasn’t been lost to football either, Sibaya has ventured into coaching and featured as the coach of SuperSport United’s MDC team and is currently furthering his coaching badges.

What are your fondest memories of Macbeth Sibaya?


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