It is a confusing time to be a South African football fanatic. One can still feel the ecstasy that comes from holding hosts Brazil in their opening Olympic game, but last night's 1-0 defeat to Denmark brought the boys crashing back down to earth. Where do the supporters stand on this matter?
It is obviously heartbreaking whenever one of the national teams lose, and the claws seem to be out. Many supporters are ready to throw in the towel and consider the U23s dead and buried. Others are looking at which individuals to blame, with the conversation mainly revolving around Itumeleng Khune and Erick Mathoho and the role they played in our successes and failures so far in the tournament.
There are those supporters, however, who recognise that support is what is needed for our team in this precious time, when any chance of success hangs in the balance of the last group game.
"All is not lost. The boys need to beat Iraq by a two-goal margin to advance to the knockout stages, and it's very possible if one looks at the chances they create up front." – NoBlogger
"They got their one chance and used it. We hit the post twice and missed out on good chances, so there was not much we could do, luck was not on our side." – mail4lyf
From all of us here at Supporters Club, we would like to urge all in South Africa to save the finger-pointing for after the tournament. There is one game left, and our boys need us more than ever. They are already heroes for making the tournament for the first time in 16 years, and using up one of three rare spots in the prestigious tournament.
Make us proud, young soldiers!
What is your message for the boys?