Bafana Bafana coach Molefi Ntseki has expressed his disappointment at South Africa’s failure to qualify for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations finals.
A 2-0 defeat away in Sudan on Sunday shattered Bafana Bafana’s hopes of playing in the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
“It is a big disappointment for all of us. We started off positively and were looking forward to qualifying. If you look at the games that we won, we became very confident. The expectations were that we would do well against Ghana at home and against Sudan away,” Ntseki said.
“We made things difficult by drawing against Ghana at home as we had to come to Sudan facing foreign challenge.
“We tried hard to put everything together after our analysis of Sudan. We started on the wrong foot as we conceded early. The idea was not to concede because we were fully aware that we were in with a chance prior to kickoff as we had points. We allowed the Sudanese to get maximum points and conceding two goals in the first half was a setback.
“The objective from SAFA was clear, to qualify for every continental and world tournament to put Bafana Bafana on the map again in terms of the football we play and the results we get,
“My disappointment is huge for my personal growth and my achievements as coach of Bafana. The success of the team is my success and in failure, it starts with me to say that I’ve failed as a coach.”