Bafana finished bottom of their 2018 World Cup qualifying group, winning just one match out of six. It was a terrible campaign for the side and they really need to pull up their socks.
“We know how disappointed the country is about the results [in the World Cup qualifiers] and we as players take the blame,” said the Bidvest Wits skipper.
“As the captain I take the blame. Unfortunately I could not play play those two games [against Senegal]. I am not saying if I was there I would have made a difference because the guys who played did well against Burkina Faso.
“We would like to urge the country to support because we don’t go into a game to lose. We are there representing our families and our communities.”
Bafana beat Nigeria 2-0 in their opening AFCON qualifier in Uyo in June, a result they will have to build on. The top two teams in Group E - which includes Libya and Seychelles - will qualify for the continental showpiece, set to be hosted by reigning champions Cameroon.
“We did well against Nigeria away from home, so that’s where we have to make sure we bring smiles to South Africans. We have to make sure we qualify for AFCON.”
Hlatshwayo believes coach Stuart Baxter is still the right man for the job. Baxter came under fire for the team’s back-to-back defeats against Cape Verde and has recently been involved in heated arguments with the media who are questioning his ability to take the team forward. He has to redeem himself in the AFCON qualifiers.
“Yes, I have confidence in Stuart Baxter. He is our coach right now and we have to give him our all,” said the former Ajax Cape Town defender.