Steve Komphela has shared his views on South Africa after their Africa Cup of Nations elimination at the hands of Nigeria.
Bafana Bafana lost to the Super Eagles 2-1 on Wednesday night to be knocked out at the quarterfinal stage after a brave performance that saw them beat hosts Egypt last Saturday in one of their best performances in years.
The Golden Arrows coach feels Bafana could not capitalise on the morale-boost they got from beating the Pharoahs and were not confident enough against Nigeria.
"I didn't go to the audit in terms of the squad but I can only make a comment regarding how they played. I thought one, we didn't give up until we got into the quarterfinals, and the big win against Egypt I think it gave us a big boost," he said.
"We didn't capitalise against Nigeria, I think if we had more confidence and belief maybe something could've come up but again we were up against a good side. It's a pity we have to come back.
"But if we can be realistic, even in the group stages we could see it would be tough to come through, but the confidence came back after beating Egypt and then after that you say the results reflected to our group stages. We need to reflect and do things the right way, let's have principles not just work, anywhere where there's a framework and principles, success happens."
Komphela believes for the country to be ready for the next big tournament, we need more than performances on the field but an organisational structure around which to build.
"We need more going forward, it's about preparation, planning, performing and development. It's a multilayer, we need a thesis for that."