Having failed to qualify for the 2018 Fifa World Cup finals in Russia, South Africa will look to book their spot in the next global tournaments.
The South African Football Association (Safa) president, Danny Jordaan has disclosed their plans for the upcoming major tournaments regarding the senior national team, Bafana Bafana.
This comes after Bafana failed to secure a ticket to the 2018 finals following a disappointing qualifying campaign which saw the 2010 hosts finishing at the bottom of their group.
Bafana’s campaign began under the guidance of coach Shakes Mashaba, who was fired in December 2016 for disciplinary issues.
Subsequent to his departure, Stuart Baxter was roped in and his men suffered two losses to Senegal and Cape Verde whilst claiming a win against Burkina Faso.
South Africa's qualifying campaign had off the field issues where their game against Senegal's Lions of Teranga was replayed after match fixing allegations and ultimately, Bafana accumulated only four points from six games in Group D.
However, Jordaan said they are optimistic of making it to the 2026 edition where a number of African teams will be increased from five to 10.
“The 2026 World Cup will have 10 teams from Africa. It is for us, the federations, to establish ourselves,” said Jordaan on Daily Sun.
“Some 179 nations did not qualify for this coming World Cup. Among them are Italy, Netherlands, Ghana, Algeria, SA, USA and Chile,” added the Safa boss.
“What we have to do now is not to look at the opportunity missed, but to grab the next opportunity. We have already invested a lot towards this goal,” he revealed.
“Stuart Baxter has a plan called the radical transformation of Bafana Bafana and he will announce it next week,” concluded Jordaan.
Africa will be represented by five countries in the 2018 finals in Russia.
Senegal, Egypt, Tunisia, Morocco and Nigeria are the teams looking to make the continent proud against the world’s biggest football teams.