Bafana Bafana was a moniker first attached to the team in 1992 by a newspaper reporter.
BBC: South Africa will continue to be known as Bafana Bafana after paying $732,000 to secure rights to the nickname. The sum will be paid over 12 months to licensing company Stanton Woodrush, who registered the nickname 18 years ago.
“We feel very happy about the acquisition of the name which allows us to exploit this great brand for the good of the game,” said South African (Safa) president Kirsten Nematandani.
Stanton Woodrush bought the Bafana trademark after Safa failed to do so.
The deal brings to a close a highly-divisive issue which had pitted the association against the licensing company in court and also concludes months of post-World Cup negotiations.
“The future now looks very bright as this move has begun to open better opportunities for us to venture into real partnerships with various sponsors,” Nematandani added.
Loosely translated from Zulu, it means “our boys” and quickly became popular although it was shunned at first by the football association. Continue reading the main story