Bafana Bafana have landed a huge windfall after their impressive run to the AFCON semi-finals.
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R46.9M IN THE BAFANA BAFANA BANK ACCOUNT
Money isn’t everything, but it certainly helps. A R47 million windfall is a massive bonus for Bafana after their exploits in Côte d’Ivoire. It’s also a reminder of the enormity of their achievement and that bigger dreams lie immediately on the horizon. World Cup qualification is now a realistic goal and not a fanciful notion. And beyond that? Who knows, but hope springs eternal.
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RENEWED BELIEF AND CONFIDENCE
For too long, Bafana has suffered from an inferiority complex. This run to the semi-final was the first time South Africa has reached the final four of AFCON in 24 years. The ultimate glory in 1996 was followed by defeat in the 1998 final and a semi-final appearance in 2000. Since then, it’s been a barren patch of poor results and non-qualification. Now, we can tackle the challenges of 2026 World Cup qualifying with relish. Why should this team fear anybody on the African continent? They’re up to 66th in the world now too, according to FIFA’s rankings.
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