Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba’s reign has been built around a Safa policy of Vision 2022, sometimes singling out the youngest possible players, but never players older than 30.
It was a strange policy that saw key players such as Tefu Mashamaite left out of the team at age 30, when named PSL Player of the Season.
Former South Africa defender Matthew Booth captained his country at the 2000 Olympics with Mashaba being the coach then too.
“I think our main issue is consistency, by consistency I mean squad selection, we haven’t been able to get a consistent solid squad throughout the campaign and it is unsettling for the players,” Booth told Goal.com
“Some of the selections, I have been left scratching my head wondering how that could be and I know for a fact that a lot of soccer fans have also been concerned, I think that has been the main issue for me.
“It would be an interesting exercise to go through the players that played in the qualification period and see how many different players got called up,” Booth concluded.
South Africa take on Egypt in the Nelson Mandela Challenge on Tuesday evening, after drawing 1-1 against Mauritania on Friday night. The criticism is high after Bafana failed to qualify for the 2017 Afcon.