CAIRO – “We expect them to go to the second round, at least,” the South African Football Association (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan, said in revealing Bafana Bafana’s mandate at the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).
But before he spoke about the mandate, Jordaan along with the sport, arts and culture minister, Nathi Mthethwa, slammed Bafana’s performance in the 1-0 loss to Ivory Coast on Monday at Al Salam Stadium. Mthethwa was very critical.
“They were not coherent on the field,” Mthethwa said. “I don’t even want to talk about the attempts at goals (Bafana didn’t have a single shot on target).
“I don’t think that it is acceptable (to play like that). It will be justifiable for South Africans to criticise this poor performance. It was poor. The next match on Friday, with Namibia is important, Bafana must in fact win all their remaining matches.
“Our football has been attended to in the past, but it needs more attention. This is the No. 1 sport in the country.”