21 August 2017 – The South African Hall of Fame hosted one of the biggest Gala Induction Dinners on Sunday, 20 August at Sun City where the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Bafana Bafana winning squad was officially inducted into the Hall of fame.
The golden generation that lifted Africa’s most sought-after trophy gathered earlier in the day for a round of golf before heading off to the gala dinner that was also attended by SAFA President, Dr Danny Jordaan, Dr Irvin Khoza, Dr Molefi Olifant, Mr. Kaizer Motoung and legendary South African footballer, Jomo Sono.
Ahead of the Hall of fame induction, Dr Jordaan delivered a memorable speech that took the players and guests down memory lane where the former African champions played a significant role in uniting what was a divided nation through football.
Coach of the squad, Clive Barker who also qualified the nation for its first ever FIFA World Cup back in 1998 thanked SAFA for making the effort of recognizing the achievements of the players during a very difficult time in the country.
“These players achieved what no other country could have ever managed under trying times. We were a united force and that played a huge role in us conquering Africa. Till today, I am proud of the class of 96’ and happy that some of those heroes are still serving the country through football” said Barker.