Editorial: Bafana will suffer if PSL clubs don't take Caf seriously

Regarded as one of the best teams in South Africa, the nation expected a lot from double champions Kaizer Chiefs in this year's Caf Confederation Cup and Champions League
By Ernest Makhaya

South Africa's negative attitude towards Caf competitions has been a worrying factor for over a decade now, let alone Bafana's failure to qualify for Afcon tournaments.

Kaizer Chiefs are the latest team to prove how little they value the Caf Confederation Cup, after first crashing out of the Champions League at the hands of AS Vita.

This has left South African football fans fuming especially after Orlando Pirates went all the way to the finals of last year's Caf Champions League under difficult circumstances.

Prioritizing domestic football over continental football is a shame and disrespect to our country, because the same players that are so competitive cannot match their counterparts from other African countries at international level.

It is no secret that we expect the likes of Chiefs, Sundowns and Pirates to represent us well in Africa, because they are have the "best" players to carry them up to that level.

Some might argue that Chiefs fielded a good enough team to win against ASEC Mimosas in both legs, but those players didn't show enough determination to progress to the group stages.

Is it the players' fault that they didn't show up at all in this tournament?
I'd blame both the coach and the management for this, because all depends on how the coach prepares the team and the mandates given to him by management.

Our local teams are not taking this very seriously because of the low prizemoney, but what about the prestige of ruling in Africa?  The experience gained in the Caf competitions can also help us qualify on the international stage and compete away in the Afcon.

Chiefs are looking to retain their league title to be able to get back into the Champions League next year. Yes, they can be felt hard done by, the way they lost to AS Vita. You can't fault them for effort there.

However the Confederation Cup can also prepare us for playing away in Africa. South Africa is not going to do well against the likes of Tunisia, Nigeria, Ghana and Egypt if our local teams don't do well in these competitions. You can build character from your experience in Caf.

If we want to believe that we have the best league on the continent then we have to prove it.