The South African Football Association (SAFA) has honoured five players who recently reached a 50-mark cap milestone.
The ceremony was held in Durban at the team's hotel on Sunday, 20 January 2013, a day after two of them, Katlego Mphela and Bernard Parker accumulated those caps in a goalless draw with Cape Verde.
SAFA President Kirsten Nematandani awarded the five players with framed jerseys which were signed by the players, and spotted the number 50.
Those who received the accolades are Siboniso Gaxa (54 caps); Itumeleng Khune (51); Kagisho Dikgacoi (51); Bernard Parker (50) and Mphela (50).
"On behalf of SAFA, I would like to say congratulations to these five players and many more that have walked this path. This is a very important milestone and not many get to reach it, and for that all five of you need to be proud of your achievements.
"Your role in this current Bafana Bafana squad is very crucial in that you are the foundation of this team, and the young ones can learn from you. And to those who are still travelling this road, what we see today shows it can be done only if you put your mind to it," said Nematandani.
The ceremony was also attended by the Mayor of EThekwini Municipality Councillor James Nxumalo, who welcomed the team to Durban.
"On behalf of the City of EThekwini and the Province of KwaZulu Natal I would like to welcome you to Durban, which you all know is a happy hunting ground for Bafana Bafana. Just know that you have our full support, and we have no doubt that you will win when you play Angola in your second match on Wednesday," said Councillor Nxumalo.
"As a City we are ready for the tournament and we have prepared thoroughly to host the continent. We are currently left with just over 2,500 tickets and we believe by match day they will all be gone. All the best Bafana Bafana."
Midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala is the most capped in the current squad with 74 caps, while former captain Aaron Mokoena is highest capped South African on 107.
The five players join an illustrious group of players who have represented South Africa more than 50 times:
Aaron Mokoena 107
Siyabonga Nomvethe 82
Benni McCarthy 80
Shaun Bartlett 74
Siphiwe Tshabalala 74
Delron Buckley 73
John Moshoeu 73
Lucas Radebe 70
Andre Arendse 67
Sibusiso Zuma 67
Helman Mkhalele 66
Teko Modise 66
Steven Pienaar 62
Macbeth Sibaya 62
Mark Fish 62
Phil Masinga 58
Siboniso Gaxa 54
Neil Tovey 52
Kagisho Dikgacoi 51
Itumeleng Khune 51
Doctor Khumalo 50
Katlego Mphela 50
Bernard Parker 50
Here's a brief fact file of the five players and their caps:
1. Siboniso Gaxa (54 caps)
Debut: 12 June 2005, Cape Verde, 2006 World Cup qualifier, (voted man of the match) played in Praia
50: vs Gabon, 15 June 2012, international friendly match, Mbombela
2. Kagisho Dikgacoi (51 caps)
Debut: 27 June 2007, vs Swaziland, Cosafa Castle Cup, Somhlolo Stadium, Swaziland
50: vs Algeria, 12 January 2013, friendly international match, Orlando Stadium
3. Itumeleng Khune (51 caps)
Debut: 11 March 2008, v Zimbabwe international friendly, Germiston
50: v Algeria, international friendly, 12 January 2013, Orlando Stadium
4. Bernard Parker (50 caps)
Debut: 26 June 2007, Cosafa Castle Cup semi-final, Somhlolo Stadium, Swaziland (scored in the penalty shootout of that match)
50: vs Cape Verde, Afcon 2013, 19 January 2013
5. Katlego Mphela (50)
Debut: 26 February 2005, vs Seychelles, Cosafa Castle Cup, Curepipe, Seychelles (scored two goals in that match)
50: SA v Cape Verde National Stadium, Afcon 2013, National Stadium 19 January 2013