South Africa’s Sports Minister lambasts Bafana Bafana over loss to Nigeria’s Eagles

South Africa lost 1-3 to Nigeria.

South Africa’s Sports Minister, Fikile Mbalula, has latched out at the country’s national football team, Bafana Bafana, following Sunday’s 1-3 defeat to the Super Eagles of Nigeria.

The defeat, which effectively saw the hosts crashing out from the ongoing African Nations Championship, made the minister label the Bafana Bafana ‘bunch of losers.’

“What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers,” Mbalula told a packed media conference in Paarl room, Cape Sun, Cape Town on Monday.

“Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go to the drawing board. That mediocrity that was displayed yesterday (Sunday)… we must never wake up to that again.”

Two goals from Ejike Uzoenyi and one from the penalty spot off the boots of Ifeanyi Ede saw Nigeria continue her dominance over South Africa in football.

Mbalula, however, argued that South Africa has football talents but has not been able to harness their potentials.

“We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions. We don’t have a crisis of talent, we have a crisis of putting everything together,” he said.

Bafana managed a win, a draw, and a loss in their three Group A encounters, condemning the national team to a first round exit.

“I felt like just standing up and walking out,” Mbalula said. “I saw people lining up after the game to greet them… I won’t greet them, I didn’t even call them.”

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