Sangweni brothers in Bafana
HISTORY beckons the Sangweni brothers, Siyabonga and Thamsanqa, who will become the first brothers selected for Bafana Bafana today.
The two will be named in coach Pitso Mosimane's squad for the opening World Cup qualifiers against Ethiopia and Botswana next month.
Older brother Siyabonga, a Bafana regular, plays for reigning Absa Premiership champions Orlando Pirates, where he has been outstanding since his move from Lamontville Golden Arrows at the beginning of the season.
The rock-solid defender has been influential in helping Pirates chase a unique successive treble in the Premier Soccer League who are away to his former club in Durban on Saturday where a win will secure the league title.
This week he was among the three nominees for the Premiership Player of the Season award along with the Moroka Swallows duo of Siyabonga Nomvethe and David Mathebula.
Little brother Thamsanqa, who has featured only once for Bafana, has played a massive role in helping AmaZulu move away from the relegation zone to a position where they are fighting for a top-eight finish. They need to beat Kaizer Chiefs at Soccer City on Saturday to hang on to eighth place.
The Sangwenis have both scored three goals in the league this season.
The brothers came close to being selected together for Bafana's friendly against Senegal earlier this year, but Mosimane opted not to include Pirates players because they were preparing for an African Champions League fixture in Angola. Thamsanqa was a late substitute in that match.
Thamsanqa has also represented South Africa at Under-23 level. He was part of the team selected for the African Under-23 championships in Morocco.
South Africa's World Cup qualifiers are against Ethiopia at Royal Bafokeng Stadium on June 3 and Botswana in Gaborone six days later.