IT does not make sense to only put the blame on footballers for the state of our football, former Bafana Bafana player John "Shoes" Moshoeu says.
Moshoeu, who is also an ambassador for McDonald's, said progress was not remarkable in the administration of football and the development of coaches in the country.
For example, South Africans were appalled at the thought of Bafana facing France, Uruguay and Mexico in their World Cup group matches in June, the buzz talk was that they stood no chance of emerging from this stage of the tournament.
"We are blaming the players, but have we grown as a country? Has there been a constant supply of new players, new administrators and coaches? When the rest of the country and the stakeholders are not playing their part then we cannot just put the blame on the players," he said.
Moshoeu said if the "three f's" - family, friends and fans - do not stand by Carlos Alberto Parreira, there will be no joy for us at football's biggest party. Meanwhile, the national competition to find McDonald's 1200 player escorts - who should be boys and girls between the ages of six and 10 - is still under way.