David Nyathi

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David Nyathi
Personal information
Full name David Sibusiso Nyathi
Date of birth (1969-03-22) 22 March 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Bushbuckridge, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1991 Dangerous Darkies ? (?)
1992–1993 Orlando Pirates ? (?)
1994–1995 Cape Town Spurs ? (?)
1996 Kaizer Chiefs ? (?)
1996–1997 CD Tenerife 1 (0)
1997–1998 FC St. Gallen 26 (1)
1998–2000 Cagliari Calcio 6 (0)
2000 Ankaragücü
National team
1992–1999 South Africa 45 (1)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

David Sibusiso Nyathi (born 22 March 1969) is a retired South African football player, who is currently the assistant coach at Ajax Cape Town, and previously coached their under-19 team.


Nyathi started playing professional football for Dangerous Darkies who were promoted to the NSL in the 1991 season. They were relegated into obscurity after one season in the top flight and "Going Up", as he was affectionately known, joined Orlando Pirates. He became part of the first Bafana Bafana squad upon the country's return to international football in 1992. He moved on to Cape Town Spurs where he won the league and cup double in 1995. He later moved to Europe where he played for a few teams, including FC St. Gallen (Switzerland), Ankaragücü (Turkey), CD Tenerife (Spain) and Cagliari Calcio (Italy).


He played for South Africa national football team and was in part of the squad that travelled to France for the 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1] He was also part of the squad that won the 1996 African Cup of Nations.


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