So, Bafana Bafana have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time in four years. Congratulations to coach Stuart Baxter and his charges — we are all deliriously excited and happy for them. Images and footage of Percy Tau’s breathtaking brace of goals, Darren Keet’s safe hands and Dean Furman’s quiet but solid grafting, among other inspired performances, have been in high rotation since Bafana beat Libya 2-1 away from home to qualify on Sunday. The excitement has been everywhere, which makes what I am about to say next so awkward. But we need to interrogate the elephant in the room, a rather problematic matter that seems to have gone largely unnoticed in the midst of all the celebrations. Now that we have finally got that qualifying monkey off our back, what exactly do we hope to see Bafana achieve in Egypt in June? Are we content with just reaching the 24-team continental showpiece and have no other expectations of Baxter and his side? Surely we are not content with ...

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