Costa Rican captain and Real Madrid star Keylor Navas believes Bafana Bafana have the potential to dominate global football if they keep their feet on the ground and believe in themselves.
Navas was embarrassed with their defeat against South Africa, thus it was understandable he went on to explain at pains how awesome Bafana were to save face. Though, one imagines that the Real Madrid keeper overdid it when he said that South Africa could be amongst the top dogs in the world if they continued to play like this.
The popular star said he is surprised why Bafana Bafana are not dominating the African continent with the type of football they play.
The mild-mannered goalkeeper who is a cult hero in this Central American country of around 5 million inhabitants said South Africans are talented, mobile and can destroy any team on a given day.
“Looking at how they competed here, I am still surprised that South Africa is not dominating Africa and even most top countries in the world.
“If they play this type of football on regular basis then surely they should be among the giants in the world. They are electric fast, can pass the ball with high tempo and hardly lose possession when they are in charge,” said Navas who is adored in this part of the world.
The Los Blancos star said he was impressed by the South African culture of football.
“It is quite different from either the European or South or Central American style. Their football is refreshing and exciting to see. I suppose they need to play against top sides in the world in order to express themselves more and dominate on regular basis,” added Navas.
The experienced goalkeeper was beaten by a cheeky Andile Jali lob on the 9th minute but Navas said Jali was only among a myriad of great players in the Bafana Bafana squad.
“I am not trying to impress anyone. If anything, no one normally praises your vanquisher but we need to give credit where it is due, South Africa are a good football playing nation and that is a fact,” concluded Navas.