The South African Football Association insist that the success of the senior men’s national football team, Bafana Bafana lies in the performance of the junior national teams.
SAFA recently celebrated the success of South African junior teams qualifying for major tournaments. The women’s U-17 national side, Bantwana qualified for the Fifa Under-17 World Cup to be played in Uruguay later this year while the men’s U-20 national side, Amajita have qualified for the 2019 U20 African Cup of Nations which will take place in Niger.
The women’s senior national team Banyana Banyana have qualified for the Women African Cup of Nations as part of SAFA’s vision 2022.
Speaking at the recent event hosted at SAFA House, President Danny Jordaan declared that the only way for Bafana to enjoy success is if the junior teams continue to be successful at not only qualifying for these competitions but also do well.
“I know that despite the recent success of our junior national teams, the question will always be; what about Bafana Bafana?” said Jordaan.
“Well, we need to realise that football is continuously evolving. In order for us to enjoy success at the top, we need to make sure that our foundations are strong. If our junior teams can begin playing at a regular basis in these international tournaments, then our senior national team will become successful.
“A lot of the team that did well in at the World Cup in Russia were teams that had a surge of young players who have played in all the youth structures. The teams that relied on senior tried and tested players, all went home early and we need to learn from that,” added the SAFA President.
Meanwhile, the U-17 national team Amajimbos narrowly missed out on a place at the 2019 Africa U17 Cup of Nations after succumbing to a 1-0 defeat to Angola in the final of the COSAFA U17 Championship final this past Sunday.