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Clive Barker: Bafana have become losers

The former national team coach has described Bafana’s Afcon performance as ‘terrible’.

FILE: Bafana Bafana team photo ahead of their Africa Cup of Nations. Picture: Safa.

CAPE TOWN - Former Bafana Bafana coach Clive Barker has told EWN Sport the national side has accepted how mediocre they have become.

He says South Africa has become losers and are used to getting beaten and accepting it.

Bafana lost 3-1 to Mauritania in their Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier on Saturday with a below par performance.

They next face Senegal in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Orlando Stadium on Tuesday.

Barker says the criticism directed at the team can actually help them.

"They are entitled to get criticism now and we would like to protect them but sometimes you've to got to be true to them to try and help them. It was an absolute terrible performance, devoid of any fight, description or any control."

Barker was the last coach to lead Bafana to a Afcon Trophy win 19 year ago.

He says the public weren't as kind to him team even after they beat the big names in the game.

"I remember when we were winning against the best countries in the world, in the top 15 in the world and not taking on any rabbits. We played all the champions in the world and we still got thumped by the public and they didn't want to give us a chance at any time."