Kagisho Dikgacoi

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Kagisho Dikgacoi
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Dikgacoi warming-up for Fulham in 2009
Personal information
Full name Kagisho Evidence Dikgacoi
Date of birth (1984-11-24) 24 November 1984 (age 30)
Place of birth Brandfort, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Cardiff City
Number 8
Youth career
Cardiff Spurs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2004–2005 Bloemfontein Young Tigers 10 (0)
2005–2009 Golden Arrows 82 (8)
2009–2011 Fulham 14 (0)
2011 Crystal Palace (loan) 13 (1)
2011–2014 Crystal Palace 92 (6)
2014– Cardiff City 2 (0)
National team
2007– South Africa 54 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 18:31, 11 May 2014 (UTC).

† Appearances (Goals).

‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 7 September 2013

Kagisho Evidence Dikgacoi /dˈxʌʃwɑː/[1] (born 24 November 1984) is a South African professional footballer who plays for Cardiff City and South Africa.

He made his international debut in 2007, and since then has earned 54 caps, scoring twice. He played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and 2013, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career[edit]

Early career[edit]

Dikgacoi began his career at local club Cardiff Spurs, before moving to Golden Arrows in 2005 as a little-known holding midfielder from lower league side Bloemfontein Young Tigers. At Arrows, he developed into one of the country's best players in his position and was subsequently rewarded with the captain's armband.


On 4 August 2009, Dikgacoi announced that he had reached an agreement with Fulham after a successful trial at the club. The deal was only finalised on 26 August after a work permit was granted. Dikgacoi had trained with his former club Golden Arrows while the work permit process took place in order to maintain fitness.[2][3] He made his debut on 4 October, but was sent off in the 41st minute for slapping Scott Parker.[4]

Crystal Palace[edit]

After appearing only once for Fulham under Mark Hughes in the 2010–11 season, Dikgacoi was allowed to drop down a division and join Crystal Palace in February on a loan deal until the end of the season. He scored his first goal for Crystal Palace against Cardiff on 8 March 2011, before moving permanently to the Eagles on 4 July 2011 for a fee of £600,000.[5]

Cardiff City[edit]

On 12 June 2014, Dikgacoi signed a 3 year deal with Cardiff City after refusing a new deal with Crystal Palace.[6]

International career[edit]

Dikgacoi made his international debut on 27 May 2007, in a COSAFA Cup match against Mauritius. He scored his first two goals on 7 June 2008, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea, which ended 4–1. He was part of Bafana Bafana's 2008 African Nations Cup squad and was also a participant at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup and 2010 FIFA World Cup, held in his home country.

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 7 June 2008 Atteridgeville, South Africa  Equatorial Guinea 1–0 4–1 2010 WCQ
2. 7 June 2008 Atteridgeville, South Africa Equatorial Guinea Equatorial Guinea 4–1 4–1 2010 WCQ



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