Former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder Hlompho Kekana says South African football fans deserve much more after they were once again subjected to adopting teams in the recent Fifa World Cup held in Qatar.
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Bafana failed to qualify for the global tournament and they also missed out on the Africa Cup of Nations earlier this year.
The senior national men’s team failure to qualify for major tournaments has been a huge blow for football fans in the country and Kekana says it’s time Bafana start competing in top competitions and the level of football in the country should be much higher than what it is now.
“Watching the World Cup made me realise how much South African football fans love the game, they are passionate about the game and it is sad that Bafana Bafana did not qualify for the World Cup – our fans deserve much more than what they are getting at the moment,” said Kekana.
“Our senior national team needs to improve and they have to be counted among the top footballing nations.
“I believe that there is a lot of talent in the country, there is no doubt about that. It’s just a matter of getting things right and we will be able to talk about Bafana with pride.
“At the moment we can’t say anything about our national team, there is nothing much to say. We failed to qualify for the World Cup and the Afcon, which is very bad. Our fans deserve much more than what they are getting at the moment and our players should step up. They have to deliver.”
Looking at how the World Cup fared, Kekana says he was shocked to see Morocco going all the way to the semifinals of the tournament. And he says seeing an African team doing so well should be a motivation to other African nations, especially Bafana Bafana.