Mail and Guardian on 9th February 2018

The world’s greatest show is upon us once again. World Cup 2018 Russia kicks off this June and fans across the globe have begun the countdown. An estimated 715-million people watched the 2006 and 2010 finals and we can assume that the universal language that is football will once again be spoken.

But in 2018, Bafana Bafana will not be present. This no longer comes as a shock because it’s the second successive tournament from which they have been absent and we have become all too familiar with adopting another African team.

But it does not have to be like this for our sports-crazy nation. If we turn our heads (just slightly) there is an unacknowledged team ready for the adoration of a nation.

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