Simon Gopane

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Simon Gopane
Personal information
Full name Motshweneng Simon Gopane
Date of birth (1970-12-26) 26 December 1970 (age 46)
Place of birth Bloemfontein, South Africa
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Bloemfontein Celtic (GK coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1999 Bloemfontein Celtic 204 (0)
1999–2000 Jomo Cosmos F.C. 29 (0)
2000–2001 Umtata Bush Bucks 25 (0)
2001–2003 Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. 0 (0)
2003–2008 Bloemfontein Celtic 27 (0)
National team
1998 South Africa 1 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Bloemfontein Celtic (GK coach)
2014 Roses United F.C.
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Motshweneng Simon Gopane (born 26 December 1970 in Bloemfontein) is a South African football coach and a former international goalkeeper. Throughout his career he played for Bloemfontein Celtic, Jomo Cosmos, Umtata Bush Bucks and Mamelodi Sundowns F.C. while also representing South Africa in the 1998 African Cup of Nations and 1998 FIFA World Cup.[1] Since retiring he would move into goalkeeper coaching and returned to his local team Bloemfontein Celtic before having a brief spell as the Head coach for Roses United F.C.[2]

International career[edit]

Gopane would be called up to the South African national team squad for the 1998 African Cup of Nations held in Burkina Faso as an uncapped player leading up to the tournament. He would go on to make his debut within the event on February 16, 1998 in a group game against Namibia, which South Africa won 4-1.[3]

He was in the South African national team for the 1998 FIFA World Cup as an injury replacement.[4] Andre Arendse was injured before the start of the tournament. His replacement, Paul Evans, was also injured shortly after arriving as a replacement. Gopane was then called up, and sat on the bench for the last two matches. He holds the distinctive position of being the first-ever goalkeeper to wear the number 23 for his country in the FIFA World Cup.


  1. ^ Simon Gopane at Retrieved 10 May 2013
  2. ^ S. Gopane at Retrieved 19 November 2014
  3. ^ African Nations Cup 1998 - Final Tournament Details at 5 June 2005 Retrieved 19 November 2014
  4. ^ South Africa's Evans to be replaced by Gopane at 17 June 1998 Retrieved 10 May 2013

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