How long can our frail hearts continue to bear Bafana?


How long can our frail hearts continue to bear Bafana?

I still haven’t got a freaking clue what Stuart Baxter is trying to do with this team

Digital sports editor

Surely there can’t be too many fellow citizens out there who still get their hopes up and completely invest their emotions when serial heartbreakers Bafana Bafana play?
The eternal optimists have continued to believe that a new dawn is lurking around the corner but the problem is coach Stuart Baxter’s limping charges are seemingly on a single-minded quest to break as many hearts as humanly possible.
If you think I am being too harsh on Bafana, consider the carnage they left behind them as they plodded along from one poor result to the next in the last 12 months alone.
It’s bad enough that the Bafana players will be dedicated couch potatoes during the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia like the rest of us, and the closest they will get to the global showpiece will be through their television remote controls after yet another failure to qualify.Some of us made peace with the side not qualifying for major events many moons ago and we’ve resorted to adopting other countries’ national teams during the World Cup. It will be business as usual later this month.
This is why Bafana’s exit from the regional Cosafa Cup tournament in Polokwane on Sunday afternoon left such a bitter taste in the month.
The bloody thing is being played at home in Polokwane and given that the World Cup has become a bridge too far for this team, you’d think that Baxter and charges would be embarrassed enough to at least put up some sort of a fight against teams that aren’t exactly world beaters.
But this is Bafana we are talking about here and they somehow contrived to lose to mighty Madagascar in their opening match of the tournament on Sunday afternoon in what was a new low for the national team.
Madagascar had never beaten South Africa before but such has been our national team’s plunge into ignominy that we can’t even get past the islanders these days.Clearly we should not have believed Baxter when he waxed lyrically on the eve of the game and explained how he wanted to blood young players and perhaps also win the tournament.
The Briton‚ in contrast to last year‚ managed to have the majority of the youth-emphasised squad he wanted at the Cosafa and it seemed he would finally show the doubters among us what he is really made of.
But with hindsight we should have never let our guard down and we should have remembered that you never quite know which Bafana will show up.
Baxter has been out there singing his now familiar tune about missed opportunity after the Madagascar abasement and, quite frankly, you can’t blame those who are starting to question if he is still the right man for the job.
I don’t know about you but I still haven’t got a freaking clue what the Briton is trying to do with this team and at the rate things are going, even qualifying for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations might not be as straightforward as some people believe.
As we continue to survey what remains of the wreckage, you have to wonder just how long our frail hearts will continue to take this kind of abuse from our national team?

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