Embarrassing is the only way to describe Bafana Bafana’s performance after suffering a 2-1 loss against Zambia at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium, Rustenburg on Sunday.
It was humiliating in more ways than one as there was also a training jacket fiasco during the game. Team members were seen wearing the jacket of previous sponsor Nike, and not new kit sponsor Le Coq Sportif, that had the logo covered in duck-tape.
Bafana thought they would cruise to victory after Keagan Dolly scored in the 65th minute. However, Chipolopolo were not to go down without a fight as Kelvin Kampamba equalised in the 78th minute while Chaniza Zulu scored the winner moments later.
Bafana come back empty handed from their camp in Rustenburg after having drawn 1-1 with Namibia on Thursday.
Pressure will now grow on coach Molefi Ntseki as the team doesn’t appear to have a clear identity.
Ntseki will find little sympathy for an underperforming team despite the last camp having been last November due to the Covid-19 coronavirus pandemic.
Bafana will now seemingly go blind into their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) double header against São Tomé and Príncipe next month. It remains to be seen which team will run out against the islanders.
Star striker Percy Tau featured prominently after missing the previous match. His inclusion gave the team more creative spark but it was not enough as they still lost.
Former Orlando Pirates coach Milutin Sredojevic made a return to the sidelines on a South Africa pitch for the first time in more than a year. Sredojevic demonstrated his tactical superiority with the Zambians in a well deserved victory for the visitors.
As for Bafana there’s still a long way to go. Second placed Bafana will have to improve drastically if they are to book a spot in the finals in Camer.