CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JANUARY 19: South Africa during the 2014 African Nations Championship match between South Africa and Nigeria at Cape Town Stadium on January 19, 2014 in Cape Town, South Africa. (Photo by Manus van Dyk/Gallo Images)

Cape Town – South Africa's Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday lambasted Bafana Bafana for their performance in the 2014 African Nations Championship.

“What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers,” Mbalula told a packed media conference in Cape Town on Monday.

“Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go to the drawing board. That mediocrity that was displayed yesterday… we must never wake up to that again.”

The host side crashed out of the tournament following a heavy 3-1 defeat against Nigeria in their final group A clash at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday evening, stumbling at the first hurdle and failing to make it out of the group stage.

“We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions. We don’t have a crisis of talent, we have a crisis of putting everything together.”

Bafana managed a win, a draw and a loss in their three group A encounters, condemning the national team to a first round exit.

“I felt like just standing up and walking out,” Mbalula said.

“I saw people lining up after the game to greet them... I won't greet them, I didn't even call them.” – Sapa