Bafana miss out on Afcon... again
THE AFRICA Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, the soccer showpiece featuring the cream of our continent, kicked off amid pomp and fanfare in Gabon on Saturday afternoon.
This is where, in football talk, men are separated from the boys.
And for us as soccer-mad South Africans, it’s painful to watch from the sidelines. Our national team, Bafana Bafana, have once again failed to qualify for this tournament that draws dozens of top African stars in competitive leagues across Europe. Millions of fans globally watch this showpiece on television.
It’s a great platform to showcase our talent and our country.
But we are missing out on such an opportunity yet again. How do our soccer bosses sleep at night when one of Africa’s biggest economies can’t make this tournament? Nothing expresses the rot in our football better than this.
Bafana Bafana, winners in 1996, gave some much promise that after years of banishment from international sport due to apartheid sanctions, this great footballing nation was back where it belongsthe top.
Coming as it did after we won the Rugby World Cup, a year earlier, and following the first democratic elections in 1994, we had reason to believe we were the best.
And now this…