Despite Bafana Bafana loosing against Algeria on Monday,they are still the best South African team since 2004.
The last 11 games since Shakes Mashaba took over as Bafana Bafana coach, we have witnessed a team that utilise all of South African football's strengths. Moving the ball in small spaces with short passing, commonly known as tikki-taka, in almost a similar way to Spain or Barcelona; attacking with pace similar to the Germans, and using skills to pass players or turn defenders in a similar way to Brazil.
Although we do not apply all of these strengths in the entire 90 minutes, when we do we can break any defence in the world. The challenge now for Mashaba and his boys it to work on our weakness - which is mental fitness, evident from the loss against Algeria. Our team got complacent and we got punished as we were not ruthless in front of goal, which is our long-time problem.
We also loose concentration at crucial moments, looking at how we conceeded goals against Algeria, Cameroon, Nigeria and Sudan. If we can get our mentality right, we can become the best team in Africa.
To go further to become the best in the world, the challenge is with SAFA and the entire South African community to get it right in terms of development. We should develop a development strategy whereby every one, either in community or soccer administration, will be involved.
It is clear that sometimes our football is let down by lack of development - sometimes on the field they lack basics and make poor decisions.
I wish the Bafana team all the best for the remaining games. I believe they can still surprise as long they can work on their mental strength.
Do you agree that this is the best Bafana team in recent years?