Bafana Bafana's 2-0 loss to Senegal on Friday night smashed hopes the team would qualify for the Russia World Cup in 2018.
The equation was simple: win both games, and Bafana Bafana would be on its way to Russia next year.
The South African national team hasn't qualified for a World Cup in 15 years since the 2002 World Cup in Japan/Korea.
South Africans, and football supporters in particular, took to social media, largely expressing disappointment:
Me: Hi , My name is Apex and I'm a Bafana Bafana fan 😭😫
Everyone: Hi Apex pic.twitter.com/FqAHiDxqbF— APEX (@APEXworld_) November 10, 2017
Bafana Bafana strikers during training vs actual game time pic.twitter.com/qV4xM8CJIX— Wandile Dlamini (@Chambers_House) November 10, 2017
The only Russia will see in 2018 is this one wth chips,with Bafana Bafana go padile 😖 pic.twitter.com/oB3Mkpf2j6— Lawrence Ⓜosito (@Papiki_Mosito) November 10, 2017
Whoever loya'd Bafana Bafana needs to stop showing off their loying skills.— Tebogo Ditshego (@TebogoDitshego) November 10, 2017
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Iceland has a population of 336,002 & S.A. has population of 56,956,501 but still can't find 11 players to take Bafana Bafana to a world cup— KINGING👑 (@sduduzo_masuku) November 11, 2017