April Phumo

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April Phumo
Personal information
Date of birth 1 April 1937
Place of birth Johannesburg, South Africa
Date of death 27 November 2011 (aged 74)
Place of death Bloemfontein, South Africa
National team
South Africa
Teams managed
Years Team
1979–1995 Lesotho
Bloemfontein Celtic
2001–2002 Ria Stars
South Africa U20
South Africa U23
South Africa women
2004 South Africa
Nathi Lions
2009 United FC
2011 Atlie

April Phumo (1 April 1937 – 27 November 2011) was a South African football player and coach. He was nicknamed "Styles".[1]

Early life

April Phumo was born in Johannesburg[2] on 1 April 1937.[3][1]

Playing career

He was a squad member of the South African national team prior to the 1966 FIFA World Cup; the team was banned from competing due to apartheid.[2]

Coaching career

Club sides

Phumo managed Arsenal (Maseru) of Lesotho, leading them to "several league titles and an unexpected place in the last 16 of the African Champions Cup in 1990."[2] He later managed South African club sides Ria Stars, Bloemfontein Celtic, Nathi Lions and Atlie.[4][5][6]

Phumo spent a brief spell as manager of United FC during 2009, helping the club gain promotion to South Africa's National First Division.[7]

National sides

Phumo was the first ever manager of the Lesotho national team.[8] Phumo began coaching Lesotho in 1979 and received a FIFA coaching diploma in 1981.[9][10]

Phumo was involved with the South African men's senior team for a number of years. He was assistant to Trott Moloto and the 2000 African Cup of Nations,[11] before a spell with Ria Stars.

In July 2002, Phumo returned as national team assistant to Ephraim Mashaba.[12] When Mashaba was sacked in January 2004, Phumo became temporary manager, taking control of the national team at the 2004 African Cup of Nations.[13] Phumo also managed the South African men's under-20, men's under-23 and women's senior national teams.[8]


Phumo died of cancer on 27 November 2011, aged 74, at a hospital in Bloemfontein.[5]


  1. ^ a b "Tribute to April 'Styles' Phumo". Molapo Sports Centre. 29 November 2011.
  2. ^ a b c "Former Bafana Bafana coach Styles Phumo died on Sunday after a lengthy illness". CAF. 30 November 2011.
  3. ^ "TimesLIVE". www.timeslive.co.za. Retrieved 7 June 2018.
  4. ^ "Ledwaba pays tribute to Phumo". Kickoff.com. 28 November 2011.
  5. ^ a b "R.I.P. April 'Styles' Phumo". Kickoff.com. 27 November 2011.
  6. ^ "Blatter sends condolences after Phumo passing". FIFA. 28 November 2011.
  7. ^ Peter Pedroncelli (23 September 2009). "Coach Styles Phumo Leaves United F.C." Goal.com.
  8. ^ a b "South Africa: Safa Mourns the Passing of April 'Styles' Phumo". allAfrica.com. 27 November 2011.
  9. ^ "Work For Justice: Lesotho at 40 (Issue #75)" (PDF). Transformation Resource Centre. October 2006. Archived from the original (PDF) on 27 April 2012.
  10. ^ Van der Stad, Marjolein (9 January 2004). "Delron wis nie Shakes is geskors" [Delron unaware Shakes is suspended] (in Afrikaans). Die Burger Laaste. Archived from the original on 25 April 2012.
  11. ^ "South Africa's contenders". BBC Sport. 25 July 2002.
  12. ^ Mark Gleeson (31 July 2002). "Mashaba is new SA boss". BBC Sport.
  13. ^ "South Africa sack Mashaba". BBC Sport. 15 January 2004.

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