Thuso Phala

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Thuso Phala
Personal information
Date of birth (1986-05-27) 27 May 1986 (age 32)
Place of birth Soweto, South Africa
Height 1.70 m (5 ft 7 in)
Playing position Right-winger
Club information
Current team
SuperSport United
Number 21
Youth career
Wits University
Silver Stars
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
2006–2007 Silver Stars 17 (0)
2007–2009 Kaizer Chiefs 32 (1)
2009–2010 Mamelodi Sundowns 5 (0)
2010–2013 Platinum Stars 81 (12)
2013– SuperSport United 78 (13)
National team
2012– South Africa 19 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 12 May 2016
‡ National team caps and goals correct as of 12 May 2016

Thuso Phala (born 27 May 1986 in Soweto, Gauteng) is a South African football midfielder. He currently plays for Premier Soccer League club SuperSport United and South Africa; and the inventor of Thuso Phala dance moves that are becoming popular to South African soccer fans and dancers at large, the moves he makes after he scores a goal.

Phala was featured in a BBC documentary in 2004 entitled 'Football and Freedom' which followed the paths of two 13-year-old South Africans aiming to become professional footballers.

International career[edit]

Since making his debut for the South Africa national football team in 2010, Phala has appeared at both the 2013 and 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. He scored Bafana Bafana's opening goal of the 2015 tournament in a 3–1 loss to Algeria.[1]

International goals[edit]

# Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 4 January 2015 Orlando Stadium, South Africa  Zambia 1–0 1–0 International Friendly
2 19 January 2015 Estadio de Mongomo, Equatorial Guinea  Algeria 1–0 1–3 2015 African Cup of Nations


  1. ^ "Algeria 3–1 South Africa". BBC. Retrieved 24 January 2015.

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