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South African sport slides to the bottom

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NOW we are in trouble.

It is not a good time for South African sports fans.

The Springboks lost to Australia, Bafana is rebuilding (again) and the Proteas don’t seem to have any chance of winning the upcoming T20 World Cup tournament.

The Springbok rugby side was the one national team we have been relying on in recent times but, unfortunately, the Boks slipped up last Sunday.

It was a loss by only two points, but the supporters are not happy, not happy at all.

They let the Boks, who were poor, have it on social media.

Suddenly the Springboks’ game plan is under fire and some of the team selections are being questioned.

The good thing about it is that the Springboks get a chance, almost straight away, to redeem themselves. On Saturday they take on the Aussies again and, hopefully, the Boks will deliver a better performance in the Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane.

The word from the Bafana Bafana camp is that the rebuilding process is in progress but the big question is whether the current team will be ready to be competitive in the World Cup tournament in 2022, should we get there.

The word ‘rebuilding’ has become synonymous with Bafana Bafana. The problem is that the process never gets a proper chance to develop before changes are made and the rebuilding must start from scratch again.

If you include the stand-ins, we stand at nearly 30 coaches for our national soccer side since 1992 – not a healthy situation.

The current coach, Hugo Broos, seems to be making progress with a young and inexperienced side.

Bafana Bafana are currently top of the log in their not-so-strong qualifying group.

It will be interesting to monitor their rebuilding process.

And then the Proteas who will be playing in the T20 World Cup in the United Arab Emirates from next month?

The Proteas are fresh from a T20-series win in Sri Lanka but the South African sporting public does not seem to think they will be competitive at the World Cup.

The fans are not happy with the squad of players that has been selected and there are some very harsh comments on social media about the situation. Unfortunately, the explanations about some of the selections are rather vague.

The fans want to see the best players selected for a World Cup – no matter what and no matter how. They don’t care about stuff like a player’s attitude or contractual issues, they want to give their support to the best players and if they are not selected, they want to know why.

The omission from experienced players like Faf du Plessis, Imran Tahir, Chris Morris and even AB de Villiers, have the fans hot under the collar.

A lot of hard work on and off the field lies ahead for the Proteas to get the fans behind them.

Some clear communication from the cricket bosses will be a great help in this process.

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