Mamelodi Sundowns star Themba Zwane has claimed that Bafana Bafana could have been as good as any other African team in Qatar, including Morocco, had they qualified for the 2022 FIFA World Cup.
Though Bafana are not really viewed as one of the best African footballing countries when it comes to global football, the CAF Champions League winner has claimed that the national team could have been as good as Morocco, looking at how Bafana played against Morocco in their friendly match in June.
The 33-year-old midfielder, who was recalled to the Bafana squad in September after he was previously snubbed by Belgian born coach Hugo Broos, was adamant that they could have gone far at the World elite competition.
Zwane’s Bafana showed quality despite losing 2-1 against Morocco in a friendly match in June. They took the lead within five minutes, but the Atlas Lions struck twice in the second half to claim the victory at the Moulay Abdellah Stadium.
“I think we were going to compete, we were going to compete,” Zwane told Metro FM.
“I think we were going to compete because if you look at how we played against Morocco, we competed with them.
“And if we had taken our chances against Morocco, we would be talking something different right now. So yeah, we were going to compete, and we would have put up a good fight if we were there.”
Bafana Bafana will face Liberia in March 2023 in African Cup of Nations qualifiers matches, before locking horns with Zimbabwe and Morocco.