What hope remains for Bafana Bafana?

South Africa's national football team Bafana Bafana's performances have been raising questions from critics about the landscape of soccer in the country.

Dr Robin Petersen is CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) Development Agency.

He says he learned quite early after beginning his tenure at Safa, that there is one bottom line for a football association globally and, in a sexist way, the success of a male national team.

Petersen adds that even though Bayana Bayana qualified for the world Olympics for the first time, there was not much noise made about it.

There's an interesting book called 'Soccernomics' which puts a sobering perspective on the factors that lead to the sustained success of a national team, says Peterson.

The three factors that I do remember are; the size of the population, the strength of the economy and the history of a country.

Dr Robin Petersen, CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) Development Agency

We should be doing better than we are. We should not be losing to Cape Verde.

Dr Robin Petersen, CEO of the South African Football Association (Safa) Development Agency

Sport24's Lloyd Burnard once wrote that supporting Bafana Bafana is like watching a horror movie where nobody survives.

Burnard adds that Bafana Bafana should be in better form than they are now after two decades of playing in global football. He goes on to say that no one wants to watch a team that continues to disappoint.

If you look at the stronger teams on the rest of the continent, very few of their players play in their local leagues. They are all based in Europe. We need to get our players in stronger leagues. The PSL is not strong enough.

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