Cape Town - Bloemfontein Celtic chairman Max Tshabalala hopes that the time and resources invested in developing local talent will pay dividends when South Africa competes at the Africa Cup of Nations this month.
Tshabalala, who has little doubt that the South Africa national team will lift the continental title this year, said a considerable amount was at stake.
When Bafana Bafana won the Africa Cup of Nations in 1996, the national team was recognised as one of the dominant forces on the continent.
However, there has been a gradual regression since then and Tshabalala hopes the squad which has been entrusted with this campaign will help reclaim the glory.
"Bafana’s success during Afcon 2015 will auger well with our vision as a country to reclaim our pride," Tshabalala told the Bloemfontein Celtic website.
"The world must know we have adequately developed players and that must start with Africa recognising our strength and agility.
“Football bosses have devotedly invested in football to see the growth not only of their teams but Bafana as a national asset.
"I clearly recall how the country went berserk in 1996, celebrating Afcon success.
“With Shakes at the helm Bafana has reinstated that patriotism spirit with some phenomenal displays and everyone seems to be fully behind the team.
“Celtic is no exception, we believe in these boys and trust we shall triumph as a country," concluded the Celtic chairman.