Da Gama said with the U17, U20, U23, Banyana Banyana and Bafana Bafana having all started to qualify for major tournaments, things were looking better and better for the country.
“The new SAFA leadership has invested heavily in making sure Vision 2022 is realised and as we can all see, if the country continue to support this initiative, we are headed for the top as a country. All our national teams have started to make a statement on the continent and we can only get better,” added Da Gama.
Two-goal hero Keagan Dolly said his recent showing should galvanise him to a great 2015/2016 season.
“I thought going into Saturday’s encounter against this Zimbabwe side, we showed greater appetite and hunger.
“On a personal note, I am hopeful that my performance in the two legs will catapult my career to the next level. I will continue working hard as a true professional and the rest will take care of themselves,” he said.
Meanwhile, SAFA President Dr Jordaan has congratulated Owen Da Gama and the boys but added Saturday’s handsome victory was just the beginning of the long journey to Rio 2016.
“The boys and the entire team showed professionalism and I must say the highlight of this win was the professionalism showed by the entire team.
“To Owen Da Gama and the boys, well done but now that you have wet the appetite of the nation with this great performance, we expect more from this team. For now go and relax, savour the win but start making preparations for the 8-Nations now,” said Dr Jordaan.