They won two matches against host nation Egypt and Namibia and lost three times to Ivory Coast, Morocco and Nigeria.
Many pundits felt that Bafana coach Stuart Baxter was conservative in his approach.
He was one of the few players who played for Kaizer Chiefs, Orlando Pirates, Mamelodi Sundowns and Moroka Swallows.
Da Gama alongside Assistant Coach Allan Freese played with him at the now-defunct Dynamos in the 90s.
Meanwhile, Highlands Park held their end of the season awards in Johannesburg on Tuesday night.
The team did well to finish in the top eight in their first season after being promoted to the elite league.
Star player Mothobi Mvala, who was also the top goal scorer for the club, won the Player of the Season Award and he was very delighted.
Other awards: Player’s Player of the Year – Lucky Boy Mokoena; Young Player of the Year – Sphiwe Mahlangu; Chairman’s Award – Lindokuhle Mbatha. – Report by Vincent Sitsula