Retired Bafana Bafana icon Sibusiso “Rhee” Zuma will be adding even more star power to the 2017 Smirnoff Raga Bolo five-a-side street soccer championship as one of this year’s Smirnoff Kings. He will be joining last year’s Kings – former Orlando Pirates midfielders, Thabo Mngomeni and Benedict Vilakazi together with ex-Kaizer Chiefs stars, Pollen Ndlanya and Stanton Fredericks


Zuma began his career with African Wanderers in 1995 and soon after joined Orlando Pirates and Bafana Bafana, representing South Africa 67 times during the 10 years he was on the national squad. He later played for Danish club F.C. Copenhagen, where he gained legend status for his efforts in helping the club to win its second Danish football championship. The goal he scored with a bicycle kick in the last match of the 2001 season was even voted the best Superliga goal of the decade. What’s more, a monument capturing the moment was erected by the club. After five years in Denmark, Zuma returned to home soil for a brief stint with Mamelodi Sundowns before heading back to Scandinavia to enlist with FC Nordsjælland. Before retiring in 2015, he served as a striker for local teams Vasco da Gama and Supersport United.


Now Zuma and his fellow Kings will travel to communities around the country as part of the Smirnoff Raga Bolo roadshow.


In 2016, the Kings toured Mzansi, meeting and snapping photos with ecstatic fans wherever they went. At many of the matches, they were there to cheer on the participating tavern teams too. During the National Final, held at the Wanderers Stadium in Jozi, they took part in the King of Kings competition where each of the greats got to go up against each other to show off their soccer skills. Supporters also got their soccer game on by forming four teams – each competing under the guidance of a King.


This year, fans will once again get the chance to choose which kasis the Kings will be visiting by voting on the 1818 Clubhouse Facebook page.


Anyone can become a soccer legend with the power of street soccer and the Smirnoff Raga Bolo Championship. Check with your local tavern owner whether they are eligible to participate and support your team by buying Smirnoff products.


Follow the 1818 Clubhouse Facebook page to get in on the action and find out about events in your area. For more information about Smirnoff Raga Bolo sign up to


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