Kagisho Dikgacoi

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Kagisho Dikgacoi
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Dikgacoi warming-up for Cardiff City in 2015
Personal information
Full name Kagisho Evidence Dikgacoi
Date of birth (1984-11-24) 24 November 1984 (age 37)
Place of birth Brandfort, South Africa
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Position(s) Defensive midfielder, Central midfielder
Club information
Current team
Witbank Spurs (Manager)
Youth career
Cardiff Spurs
Senior career*
2004–2005 Bloemfontein Young Tigers 10 (0)
2005–2009 Golden Arrows 82 (8)
2009–2011 Fulham 14 (0)
2011Crystal Palace (loan) 13 (1)
2011–2014 Crystal Palace 92 (6)
2014–2016 Cardiff City 25 (0)
2016–2017 Golden Arrows 10 (1)
National team
2007–2013 South Africa 54 (2)
Teams managed
2018 Royal Eagles (assistant)
2019– Witbank Spurs
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Kagisho Evidence Dikgacoi /dˈxʌʃwɑː/ [1] (born 24 November 1984) is a South African retired professional footballer who is currently the manager of Witbank Spurs. [2] He represented South Africa at international level.


He made his international debut in 2007, and since then has earned 54 caps, scoring twice. He played at the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008 and 2013, and at the 2010 FIFA World Cup.

Club career

Early career

Dikgacoi began his career at local club Cardiff Spurs, before moving to Golden Arrows in 2005 as a little-known holding midfielder from lower league side Bloemfontein Young Tigers. At Arrows, he developed into one of the country's best players in his position and was subsequently rewarded with the captain's armband.


On 4 August 2009, Dikgacoi announced that he had reached an agreement with Fulham after a successful trial at the club. The deal was only finalised on 26 August after a work permit was granted. Dikgacoi had trained with his former club Golden Arrows while the work permit process took place in order to maintain fitness. [3] [4] He made his debut on 4 October, but was sent off in the 41st minute for slapping Scott Parker. [5]

Crystal Palace

After appearing only once for Fulham under Mark Hughes in the 2010–11 season, Dikgacoi was allowed to drop down a division and join Crystal Palace in February on a loan deal until the end of the season. He scored his first goal for Crystal Palace against Cardiff on 8 March 2011, before moving permanently to the Eagles on 4 July 2011 for a fee of £600,000. [6]

Cardiff City

On 12 June 2014, Dikgacoi signed a three-year deal with Cardiff City after refusing a new deal with Crystal Palace. [7] He made his debut in a 1–0 loss to Wolverhampton Wanderers, coming on for Aron Gunnarsson on 23 August. [8] His full debut came three days later in the League Cup, where Cardiff beat Port Vale. [9] Following a series of niggling of injuries, Dikgacoi was ruled out for four months with a knee injury in November. [10]

Dikgacoi did not return until the following season, where he started on the opening day against Fulham. [11] He made 25 appearances during the season as Cardiff missed out on the play-offs, before his contract was terminated by mutual consent on 26 August. [12]

Golden Arrows

In October 2016, Dikgacoi returned to former club Lamontville Golden Arrows after training with the team. He signed a short-term deal. As a result of injuries and weight issues, he played in just ten matches and failed to complete a match. The Golden Arrows announced in June 2017 that he would not return for the following season. [13]

Dikgacoi announced his retirement from playing in July 2018. [14]

International career

Dikgacoi made his debut for the South Africa national team on 27 May 2007, in a COSAFA Cup match against Mauritius. He scored his first two goals on 7 June 2008, in a 2010 World Cup qualifier against Equatorial Guinea, which ended 4–1. He was part of Bafana Bafana's 2008 African Nations Cup squad and was also a participant at the 2009 FIFA Confederations Cup, 2010 FIFA World Cup and 2013 African Cup of Nations, held in his home country.

Post-playing career

Following his retirement from playing football Dikgacoi entered the business arena alongside his business partner Tieho Benny Mokhalinyane. In 2018, his apparel company International Sports Apparel Design Institute concluded a deal with the Football Association of Malawi for the supply of kits, tracksuits, and golf shirts. [15]

Career statistics


As of match played 9 May 2016
Dikgacoi warming up before his debut game with Fulham in 2009 Kagisho Dikgacoi.jpg
Dikgacoi warming up before his debut game with Fulham in 2009
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
ClubSeasonLeagueNational CupLeague CupTotal
Golden Arrows 2006–07 ABSA Premiership 2500000250
2007–08 2340000234
2008–09 2540000254
Fulham 2009–10 Premier League 1202010150
2010–11 10000010
Crystal Palace 2010–11 Championship 1310000131
2011–12 2724000312
2012–13 4240011435
2013–14 Premier League2601000270
Cardiff City 2014–15 Championship20001030
2015–16 2301010250
Career total21915804123116

International goals

Scores and results list South Africa's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Dikgacoi goal.
List of international goals scored by Kagisho Dikgacoi
17 June 2008 Atteridgeville, South AfricaFlag of Equatorial Guinea.svg  Equatorial Guinea 1–04–1 2010 FIFA World Cup qualification

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