Bafana Bafana are on the up, once again wearing the badge with pride. One day we're likely to talk about this group of players with the same reverence as our legendary heroes – Steve "Kalamazoo" Mokone, Pule "Ace" Ntsoelengoe, Jomo Sono and Kaizer Motaung.
On Saturday evening he played football; on Sunday evening he was shot dead. Bafana Bafana captain and goalkeeper Senzo Meyiwa was killed during a robbery, leaving sports fans reeling and the South African soccer fraternity stricken with grief. He was top of his game, leading Bafana out of the doldrums.
Danny Jordaan has said South Africa does not have a large pool of young football players. But a number of initiatives are being put in place to develop athletes to compete in the 2022 Qatar World Cup. There are plenty of mountains to climb on the way there, but there is a passion to succeed.
Twenty years of freedom have transformed Soweto, once a sprawling dormitory dumping ground for Johannesburg's black workers, into a green and attractive city of its own, with housing, parks, shopping malls, efficient public transport and a vibrant tourist trade.