Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula on Monday lambasted Bafana Bafana for their performance in the 2014 African Nations Championship.
"What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers," Mbalula told a packed media conference in Cape Town on Monday.
"Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go to the drawing board. That mediocrity that was displayed yesterday [Sunday] … we must never wake up to that again."
The host side crashed out of the tournament following a heavy 3-1 defeat against Nigeria in their final group A clash at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday evening, stumbling at the first hurdle and failing to make it out of the group stage.
"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 won't greet them'
Bafana managed a win, a draw and a loss in their three group A encounters, condemning the national team to a first round exit.
"I felt like just standing up and walking out," Mbalula said.
"I saw people lining up after the game to greet them … I won't greet them, I didn't even call them." – Sapa