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Bafana Bafana - 'The glass is half full'

Bafana Bafana's World Cup qualifying campaign came to an abrupt halt at the weekend, despite their 4 - 1 win over Botswana.

The national team played some of the best football against their Southern African neighbours, but the big performance was too little, too late.

Their progression depended on Ethiopia losing their match to the Central African Republic which was unlikely from the start.

The result in that game meant Ethiopia topped the group and will now play in the final qualifying round with the likes of African heavy weights Nigeria, Ivory Coast and Ghana.

Bafana will have to shift focus on not only building on their strong performance, but making sure there is even further progress ahead of the next year's African Nations Cup.

Coach, Gordon Igesund is adamant that Bafana Bafana have grown as a team since he first took over and while admitting to being disappointed with the manner in which their World Cup qualifying journey ended, he says he is happy with the progress the players have made.

Dean Furman got his first goal in Bafana colours and will be an integral part of the squad looking to the future. The hardworking England-based midfielder was one of the stand-out players in the match and his calibre will go a long way in helping South Africa achieve the things they need too.

Speaking of players, it's unclear whether Thulani Serero will return to the Bafana fold after his fall out with management ahead of the Botswana game. Serero apparently feigned a muscle strain as he didn't want to risk an injury ahead of his club Ajax Amsterdam's Champions League match this week.

There has been talk that the former Ajax Cape Town graduate was thinking about retiring from international football.

Serero is a player who could be a star for the national team with his pace and skill, but it seems the allure of European football is more important.

We seem to have it sorted upfront with Bernard Parker scoring on a regular basis. Tokelo Rantie is another player to watch. He believes his experience playing in Europe has improved his game immensely and hopes to learn more after his move to English side, Bournemouth.

Bafana's player base is strong, with quite a few players plying their trade overseas. It's now time to prove their worth and help the national team reach new heights.

Igesund is contracted with the team until 2014. He says has no mandate at the moment and won't be going anywhere.

It will be interesting to see what happens after the SAFA presidential elections take place and what the new bosses feel is the right way forward.

Personally, I think Igesund is the man to take the national team to greater heights - his experience and player management is hard to be beat and he is passionate about his country.

South Africa has the means and facilities to achieve results and titles unlike many other African countries … it's time to start cashing in on that advantage and I believe that Bafana Bafana is already heading to the bank.