South Africa is a country with a rich footballing history. Initially being an all white only international soccer nation for most of the 90's, South Africa became the first country outside of Europe to join FIFA in 1910.
By 1952 in South Africa there were two separate footballing associations. One was SAFA, which was the all white association, part of FIFA, the other was SASF, which represented the rest of South Africa's races.
In 1956 due to FIFA pressure, the first non-white South African signs a contract with a club in Europe. Stephen Mokone signs for Cardiff City.
By 1976, because of their exclusionary policies South Africa was expelled by both FIFA and CAF, and did not play an international game again until 1992.
After the fall of the Apartheid regime, South Africa is accepted back into FIFA and CAF in 1992.
In 1992, in their first match back in international soccer, South Africa beat Cameroon 1-0 and in 1996 won their first major international trophy, The African Cup of Nations, in South Africa.
In 1997 South Africa qualified for their first World Cup, and in 1998 fell just short of defending their AFCON crown losing in the final 2-0. South Africa also got knocked out in the group stages of the world cup in France, being drawn alongside hosts and eventual winners, France, and Peter Schmeichel's, Denmark.
Then in the 2002 World Cup, in South Korea/Japan, South Africa were 30 minutes away from qualifying for the Round of 16 when a Spain goal meant they would just miss out on Goals scored to Paraguay.
South Africa then failed to qualify for the 2006 World Cup, and became the first African nation to host it in 2010. Unfortunately South Africa were unable to make it out of the group stages again, this time on Goal Difference to Mexico.
South Africa again failed to qualify for the 2014 World Cup in Brazil.
So with most people in South Africa believing our national team are underachieving in major international competitions and qualifying, a new hope has sprung up, through the hiring of a young and talented manager, Grant Losper.
Grant Losper is a former South African international, and retired at the young age of 29 due to a recurring knee injury. He has been studying the trade of football management for about 10 years now, and is hoping he could be that an to lead his nation to glory, and at the very least a round of 16 world cup spot.
Russia 2018 here we come