Bafana Bafana can’t afford to sulk after missing the World Cup and need to start looking to the future already.
Coach Stuart Baxter has a number of young players that he needs to blood and others that need to step up.
Of the new faces in the squad, striker Phakamani Mahlambi and defender Motjeka Madisha should be thrown in the deep end in the dead-rubber World Cup qualifier against Senegal tonight (9pm).
The pacy and skilful Mahlambi has already made his debut and the new Al Ahly winger must haal uit en wys.
Madisha has made waves with his performances for Mamelodi Sundowns and can get his chance at the expense of old-guard defenders Morgan Gould or Clayton Daniels.
With Vision 2022 still a priority for Safa and the national team, it’s time for the likes of Bongani Zungu, Keagan Dolly and Percy Tau to take more responsibility if Bafana are to have a fresh core when Afcon 2019 qualifiers continue next year.
Midfielder Zungu, with 22 caps at 25 years, should be pushing to be a regular feature in the centre of the park and Baxter will have to accommodate him alongside Kamohelo Mokotjo.
Dolly and Tau may be fighting for the same right-sided attacking midfield position, but they have to produce some assists and goals.
The duo share 18 caps, and at the moment Tau is the man with the more impressive record – seven goals in 11 games.
So these manne will have to grow up quickly and show the nation that there is still hope for the team to qualify for Qatar 2022.