Fans singing at the World Cup qualifier between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at Moses Mabhida Stadium. Picture: Motshwari Mofokeng/ANA
The burden of patriotism can be a terrible thing. It forces citizens to care even when looking away may well have been the better option.

But we often have to pause, think and agonise over the stress and disappointing performance of our senior national soccer team Bafana Bafana.

Buffoonery sadly seems to be becoming their hallmark. Having lost twice to Cape Verde, whose squad comprises of part-time footballers, the insolence Bafana have shown us has reached greater heights. What our so-called stars give us on the field of play is out of proportion with the windfall that they earn.

All we hear head coach Stuart Baxter say does nothing to improve the state of our game. Baxter is not a cheap transaction and the rewards are yet to be seen.

At this rate, we’d be fooling ourselves to think our national squad is anything more than a Sunday league bunch. When that rematch with Senegal kicks off, this warning will be evident.

In case you’ve been trying to hide your head in the sand, which is totally understandable, it’s worth remembering that you won’t be going to Russia in 2018, unless you’re a tourist.

Thanks for nothing, Bafana. Buffoons.

The Sunday Independent