Former Bafana Bafana defender Matthew Booth is celebrating his 42nd birthday today. Let’s take a look at some fun facts about the soccer star.
- Matthew Booth was born in Fish Hoek in the Western Cape. His father Paul was an engineer at the Cape Town city council, a semi-professional footballer and an administrator for Fish Hoek AFC. Booth’s mother Anthea was a legal secretary.
- British media outlets called Matthew Booth “The White Knight”, because he was the only white player in the South African national squad at the time.
- A 5-year old Matthew Booth started playing soccer for Fish Hoek AFC in 1982.
- Booth worked at a sports shop in Woodstock. He had to travel by train to Parow after work to train with Cape Town Spurs at the CR Vasco de Gama fields. He then travelled back to Fish Hoek after training.
- Matthew Booth made his international debut for South Africa on 20 February 1999 against Botswana during the Cosafa Castle Cup.
- Matthew Booth was a member of the Bafana Bafana squad that took part in the 2010 FIFA World Cup as the hosts, but unfortunately he remained an unused substitute for all three group stage matches.
- Due to his height of1,99m, Booth was considered one of the most important defenders when coming up against opponents with tall players.
- Matthew Booth represented South Africa 28 times during his career, scoring 1 goal for Bafana Bafana.
Happy Birthday, Matthew! We hope you have a great year ahead!