Whether you agree with Fifa’s decision to replay the Senegal match or not, President Jacob Zuma thinks Bafana Bafana were simply not good enough against Cape Verde.

This week’s news that South Africa have dropped to 80th in the Fifa world rankings was another blow to the gut and the President of the country has weighed in on the soccer sector.

Also, a reflection of a World Cup 2018 qualifying campaign that is rolling around in the gutter, with little chance of redemption is also troubling the President.

”We can’t afford to miss out on Russia 2018 after pumping huge amount of money into soccer,” said the President.

Stuart Baxter’s side were beaten 2-1 in the Cape Verde Islands in 1st of September, letting slip an early lead with some frantic, dreadful defending.

It got worse a few days later, as Cape Verde beat Bafana by the same scoreline in Durban, with Baxter’s side producing another listless display.

The news that Fifa had ordered a replay of Bafana’s only Group D “win” so far, a 2-1 success over Senegal on November 12, 2016 is a big problem.

If Senegal wins that replay, Bafana will not make it to Russia.

This was after the referee on that day, Ghanaian Joseph Lamptey, was found guilty of match manipulation and banned for life.

Safa have opted not to appeal Fifa’s decision, so now Bafana sit five points adrift of the top of Group D.

Win their remaining three group games, and Bafana would still have a chance of going to Russia.

”Whether you agree with Fifa’s decision to replay the Senegal match or not, Bafana were simply not good enough on the field of play against Cape Verde,” said the President.

That is reflected in a 14-place drop down the world rankings. Cape Verde, by contrast, have surged 47 places up to 67th. Burkina Faso are 49th and Senegal 33rd.

The President urged SAFA boss Danny Jordaan and Bafana coach Stuart Baxter to try and turn things around for the male national team as soon as possible.

”Promote young and homegrown talents. Give the young ones a chance. The aged ones should retire so we could have fresh blood to give us a better result,” concluded the President.