South Africans are hoping to see their country go as far as becoming the 2013 African Champions. 

The last time South Africa hosted the tournament was back in 1996, participating for the first time and going on to be crowned champions.

South Africans need to be realistic though, and accept the fact that Bafana Bafana's chance of being crowned as African Champions are as slim as Arsenal's chances of winning this year's Barclays Premier League.

There are a number of factors that make South Africa underdogs to win this year's tournament. The first one is that they are the only country that didn't qualify for the tournament, meaning they have rarely been tested against their African counterparts.

The second reason is that South Africa's inability to score goals will cost them chances of going beyond the quarter-finals. 

In the tournament so far they have scored four goals and conceded two. Defender Siyabonga Sangweni scored two of those whilst the other goal went to midfielder May Mahlangu. 

Only one goal was scored by a striker and one wonders what's going to happen when South Africa meets the African giants Mali, who are ranked number three in Africa and 25 in the world. Surely their lack of attacking threat will ultimately be their undoing?

Until South Africa pays more attention to development and ensuring that they produce strikers that can score goals, they are still going to struggle at international level.


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