Cavin bemoans Bafana energy


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Bafana's failure to qualify for the 2017 African Nations Cup and 2018 World Cup has been tough to take for fans of the national side.

And while Stuart Baxter's men started their 2019 AFCON qualifying campaign with an impressive 2-0 win in Nigeria, the recent goalless home draw with Libya has dampened the mood again.

South Africa will next meet Group E whipping boys Seychelles in back-to-back AFCON qualifiers in October. Bafana will be expected to bounce back given the islanders followed up a 5-1 rout by Libya with a 3-0 loss to the Super Eagles.

Johnson, whose side lost 2-0 to Bafana in a friendly at Princess Magogo Stadium last week, is concerned with the scepticism surrounding Baxter's unit.

"I think Stuart is [caught] between a rock and a hard place at the moment," said Johnson, whose conditioning coach Joshua Smith is part of the Bafana setup.

"The fact that the energy, for me, around Bafana Bafana is not positive, for me that is a problem. It's not the coach, it's not the players. It's just the energy around Bafana Bafana, from everybody.

"Be it the media, be it the supporters, be it on TV, be it the writers, the energy around Bafana Bafana is just not ... in a good space for me right now. And I think that is what is costing us a lot.

"Even calling Bafana players, it looks like an effort from Stuart's side. So for me the energy around Bafana is not at its best.

"You look at the energy at France's team at the moment, yes they're world champions, but the energy around them is major. The energy around the Netherlands team now is major ... You can feel it.

"The current energy around the England team, they are like world beaters. You see what I'm saying? Whereas the energy around Bafana Bafana is not in a nice place."