Not many South Africa players have had the privilege of starting their senior football careers in Europe. In the case of legendary Bafana Bafana defensive midfielder, Macbeth Sibaya, he did not only start his professional career in Europe, he lived there for most of his football years.
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MACBETH SIBAYA’S PROFESSIONAL CAREER
Sibaya, born in Hammarsdale, KwaZulu-Natal (KZN), played for III. Kerületi TUE in Hungary in 1998 before returning to South Africa to join Jomo Sono’s Jomo Cosmo.
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The soccer star spent three seasons with Ezenkosi, between 1999 and 2002, scoring six goals in over 50 games.
Sibiya’s time in Mzansi was up in 2002 as he relocated to Europe, this time joining Rosenborg BK in Norway.
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ILLUSTRIOUS CAREER IN RUSSIA
After just one season in Norway, he was on his way to President Vladimir Putin’s country, Russia, to play for and FC Rubin Kazan.
The tough midfielder had a decorated career in Russia, spending seven seasons and winning the LA Manga Cup in 2005 and 2006, the Russian Premier League in 2008 and 2009, as well as the Russian Super Cup and Commonwealth of Independent States Cup (CIS) in 2010.
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Following his time in Russia, he returned to SA to play for Moroka Swallows where he won the MTN8 trophy during the 2012/2013 season before hanging up his boots in 2013.
Sibaya was also a regular for the national football team, Bafana Bafana, with a total of 52 caps. He was part of the squads at the 2002 and 2010 World Cups.
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WHERE IS MACBETH SIBAYA NOW?
After retiring, Sibaya has remained in the football space, joining SuperSport in 2013 as an analyst.
He then joined SuperSport United in 2015 as the coach of the reserve team. After three years, he was appointed U19 manager at the KZN Football Academy. Last year, FARPost reported that he had joined the Venda Football Academy’s technical team.
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According to the Highway Mail, Sibaya has also started a farming enterprise in KZN. The publication reported that the football veteran’s goal is a return to a more traditional way of living. He also wants to support and mentor farmers.
The 45-year-old and his wife Nicky Sibaya are focused on forming a bridge between the landowner, farmer and market.
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