Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki believes that the national team can be a force again.
In the 90s, Bafana were a force to be reckoned with and went on to win the 1996 Africa Cup of Nations, just four years after the country was re-admitted to international football.
However, things have been going downhill ever since, with Bafana continuously falling short on the international stage.
Ntseki, however, has insisted that Bafana are capable of bringing back the glory days. Bafana are ranked 74th in the world and ninth in Africa.
“If we have a top league in South Africa, we will have top players. If we have top players, we will export more players to top European leagues. If we look back, we will realise that we once had top players and many of them playing in Europe and doing very well there,” Ntseki said.
“In the recent years, we’ve seen a decline in the numbers of players we are exporting. When you look back since 2014, we are seeing an increase of players that we are exporting again.
“We are profiling them and we will bring them into the set-up. It is important to have a top league because we can export players. When that happens, we will have a strong team.”
He added that having a strong squad will be advantageous and able to compete in different region.
“A strong national team will compete in the Cosafa Cup and dominate the region. A strong national team will compete in the Afcon and do well. Doing well in the Afcon will also produce good quality players and they will be scouted by Europeans teams.
“When that happens, we will have players who will qualify for the World Cup. Not just qualifying but doing well in the competition itself,” he added.
The last time Bafana Bafana participated in the FIFA World Cup was in 2010 as hosts.
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By Boromo Mokoena