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Lucas Radebe: Are Bafana World Cup worthy?

Posted: 13 November 2017 Time: 16:15

Former Bafana Bafana captain Lucas Radebe feels South Africa must question whether they deserve to be at the World Cup given their performance in qualifying.

Bafana's World Cup hopes ended with a 2-0 defeat to Senegal in Polokwane on Friday.

Stuart Baxter's side are bottom of Group D with four points from five matches ahead of their final qualifier against the Russia-bound Teranga Lions in Dakar on Tuesday.

"I think this failure might be a blessing in disguise, because do they deserve to go through? That is one question that we have to ask ourselves," said Radebe, who was part of the technical committee that appointed Baxter as Shakes Mashaba's successor in June.

"But again, we got to that level where we are thinking now, do we have the talent? Are we capable to qualify for this tournament? And the answer is, at the moment the way we are playing, it doesn't look like that.

"But I thought, looking at the team that we had, it's the best team that I've seen in the longest time ever. Obviously it is different when it comes to on the field of play.

"But it was always going to be tough against a strong Senegal side. They've got quality players and for me we have to learn after a result like this. I mean, if you are going to let in goals like that, you know it's too easy."

Bafana needed to beat Senegal in both games to qualify for next year's showpiece, with Radebe feeling it was an attainable feat.

"No, it was doable, because I think the way we beat Burkina Faso, I mean we played brilliant there," he said of Bafana's previous 3-1 win.

"We played great. We saw a confident Bafana Bafana and the boys believed in themselves against one of the best teams at the moment. But tonight [on Friday] it was too much pressure, so much expectations, I think it got to them," concluded the ex-Leeds United star, who scored twice in 70 international appearances. 

Article by: Robin-Duke Madlala
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