Siyabonga Sangweni

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Siyabonga Sangweni
Personal information
Full name Doctor Siyabonga Sangweni[1]
Date of birth (1981-09-29) 29 September 1981 (age 35)
Place of birth Empangeni, South Africa
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Orlando Pirates
Number 21
Youth career
Royal Chiefs
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2001–2005 Uthukela ? (?)
2005–2011 Golden Arrows 150 (4)
2011–2016 Orlando Pirates 79 (6)
National team
2007– South Africa 29 (4)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 3 April 2016.
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 25 December 2013

Doctor Siyabonga Sangweni (born 29 September 1981 in Empangeni, KwaZulu-Natal), known as Siyabonga Sangweni, is a South African soccer defender for Premier Soccer League club Orlando Pirates and South Africa.

His younger brother Thamsanqa Sangweni plays for Mamelodi Sundowns.

Club career[edit]

Golden Arrows[edit]

Nsimbi as he is efficiently known as in the football circles sign for Abafana Bes'thende in 2005 from SAFA Second Division side Uthukela. He played well for Arrows and contributed to the club's first major silverware which was the MTN 8 in 2009. He attracted many clubs and eventually signed for Orlando Pirates in 2011.

Orlando Pirates[edit]

Sangweni signed with Orlando Pirates at the beginning of the 2011/12 season. Hailed as one of the best signings of the season due to his defensive abilities. He was a regular starter for Bafana Bafana while playing for Golden Arrows. Siyabonga became a regular at Orlando Pirates and went on to have 28 league appearances in his first season at Pirates. Due to him being very instrumental in the Pirates treble winning of the season, he was nominated as a Footballer of the Season which eventually went to the League's leading goalscorer, Siyabonga Nomvethe of Swallows. He has enjoyed much game-time along Lucky Lekgwathi and Rooi Mahamutsa. He got an injury that kept him to almost all the 2013/14 season.


In a press conference on 7 April 2016, Pirates’ chairman Irvin Khoza announced that Sangweni has been plagued by a string of injuries. Khoza said that after consultation, the medics have confirmed that the former Bafana Bafana centre back has to end his career early. Khoza said Sangweni, who has 29 Bafana caps with four goals, will be remembered as a club legend.

Career statistics[edit]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1. 24 May 2010 Orlando Stadium, Soweto, South Africa  Bulgaria 1–1 Draw Friendly
2. 15 May 2011 Benjamin Mkapa National Stadium, Dar es Salaam, Tanzania  Tanzania 1–0 Win Friendly
3. 23 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa  Angola 2–0 Win 2013 Africa Cup of Nations
4. 27 January 2013 Moses Mabhida Stadium, South Africa  Morocco 2–2 Draw 2013 Africa Cup of Nations


  1. ^ "S. Sangweni". Soccerway. Retrieved 16 April 2014. 

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