Bafana really dropped ball
WE repeat that the burden of patriotism is a terrible thing – it forces citizens to care even when looking away would have been the best option.
This is what the lacklustre performance of our national soccer team Bafana Bafana can do to even the most ardent of the game’s fans.
The national side bombed out of the race to Russia 2018 after losing 2-0 to Senegal at the Peter Mokaba Stadium in Polokwane on Friday.
Just as we were mulling over the loss, coach Stuart Baxter throws a further spanner in the works by declaring at the post-match interviews that it was never his mandate to qualify the team for the World Cup, let alone Afcon. Anything more confusing is yet to be uttered. Perhaps the writing has always been on the wall after Bafana’s two losses at the hands of minnows Cape Verde, whose squad comprises a bunch of part-time footballers, paid just a fraction of the millions wasted on the Bafana laggards.
Baxter’s return to the squad has now come sharply into focus, making it clear that Bafana Bafana did not need him.
We keep dropping down the Fifa rankings and, at this rate, we’d be fooling ourselves to believe our national squad is anything more than a Sunday League bunch.
We should have trusted Danny Jordan’s hunch and prayed that Bafana Bafana had avoided Senegal as we were clearly no match for them on the field.
It is a sad thing to lick one’s wounds in the corner as the likes of Senegal edge closer to World Cup glory.
Madiba is gone. Bafana needs a new kind of magic, failing which we’d be reduced to a spectator nation in world football.