The 2016 edition of the COSAFA Cup is well under way, and with Bafana Bafana being one of the seeded teams in the tournament, their involvement only began in the quarter-finals, against Lesotho. Now the boys march on, without the supporters.
Supporters Club caught up with Machaka Masilo to find out what the feeling among the fans is. Machaka was one of three supporters who were flown to Namibia, courtesy of Castle Lager, to support Bafana in their quarter-final clash against Lesotho.
"It was nice, a really cool experience. We were surprised, they made us part of the opening ceremony and everything. They let us do stuff they usually leave to players. We were part of the ceremony when it came to dancers and all that, we formed a guard of honour for the players and the politicians," he said of the experience.
Machaka beieves the tournament is undervalued, and actually plays a bigger part in our football than people realise.
"The tournament allows you to see players who don't usually get the chance to shine or are just a bit too young to play in the bigger games. There are also scouts there."
Machaka bemoaned the current supporting culture in South Africa, especially the lack of support in the country for Bafana Bafana.
"You know, we have our own ways of doing things in South Africa. Other countries, when they play, their fans are there. How can you go to war without your soldiers?"
Machaka feels the marketing of the tournament was of a very poor standard, especially in the host city.
He also pleaded to all South Africans to rally behind the boys ahead of their semi-final on Wednesday.
What do you think of the COSAFA Cup? Why are we more keen to support our clubs than our country?