Motivational speaker Horn has been working with the Proteas team since 2011 as a 'high performance coach' and was part of their World Cup team to provide inspiration as they chased the title in Australia and New Zealand.

Controversy erupted after the team that beat Sri Lanka in the quarter-finals was changed to include an injured fast bowler Vernon Philander ahead of the in-form Kyle Abbott -- South Africa were beaten at the semi-finals stage by New Zealand.

Philander's selection raised the number of 'players of colour' -- a term which encompasses black Africans, mixed-race people and those of Asian descent -- to four, the same quota number that was previously implemented until it was abolished in 2007.

"What actually happened was the team was the team that played against Sri Lanka (in the quarter-finals)," Horn was quoted as saying by on Friday.

We were not going into any politics, but it had a role to play. he had to do a little bit of talk to the guys after the team was selected and a little bit of energy was taken away from the quarter-finals where the right team had played, he added.

"It is what it is, I take it as it is. It doesn't matter how politics or the quota influenced the players. I think I failed a bit in my job as motivator or as high performance coach in the way that I believed the Proteas could win the World Cup," cited Horn.

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