It came as a welcome sight to see three PSL teams participating in CAF competitions. All three sides may have drawn their matches, but the results are not the most important thing.
One thing to take away from the matches in these competitions is the experience.
Mamelodi Sundowns went all the way in the CAF Champions League last season and showed the continent the capability of sides from South Africa. SuperSport United and Platinum Stars joined the Brazilians as representatives for South Africa in the continent’s CAF Confederations Cup.
More teams in CAF competitions means that players will be physically and mentally adjusted to tackle the different playing styles. Egyptian sides have worked this down to a science with the success of Al Ahly and Zamalek translating into Egypt's dominance on the continent and when we speak of the Egyptians, they are the highest ranked African side at 19th in the world.
So, imagine how much better our national team players would perform if they were well adjusted to the hostility of foreign crowds and the mind games that other African sides use to give their team an edge.
With an adjustment to the style of play and negating the intimidation factor, Bafana Bafana would take the first steps towards being a formidable side internationally by first becoming the kings of African football.
*This article was written by a Soccer Laduma reader and reflects their opinion, not that of Soccer Laduma.