Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has branded the national football team as "a bunch of losers" following their first round exit in the CAF African Nations Championship.
Nigeria thumped South Africa 3-1 in their final CHAN group game at the Cape Town Stadium on Sunday ending the host nation's hopes of progessing to the last eight of the tournament. South Africa needed a draw against Nigeria to progress but the defeat saw them finish third behind group winners Mali and second-placed Nigeria.
Bafana won their opening game against Mozambique and were held by Mali in the second game.
"What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers," Mbalula said at press conference on Monday.
"Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go to the drawing board. That mediocrity that was displayed yesterday... we must never wake up to that again."
"We indeed have a crisis of monumental proportions. We don’t have a crisis of talent, we have a crisis of putting everything together."
"I felt like just standing up and walking out," the minister was quoted as saying in an IOL report.
"I saw people lining up after the game to greet them... I won't greet them, I didn't even call them."
The CHAN tournament only features players from the participating countries' domestic leagues. The tournament is not an official Fifa tournament but has been given 'A' list status with results counting towards the Fifa world rankings.