South Africa’s Minister of Sports, Fikile Mbalula, says that as a nation we must not be demoralised following Bafana Bafana’s elimination from the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
Bafana was booted out of the Afcon after losing in a penalty shoot-out to Mali at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, however the minister said that we must be proud of the team and their achievement.
Mbalula said the team fought hard to reach the semi-finals, although in the end lost out to a top-ranked African outfit. He told the Siya crew that the players lifted their game and expressed a true fighting spirit.
“We accept that people are disappointed after the loss of our national team on Saturday. Though we lost the game, we were the better team on the day. The supporters showed the never say die spirit for their team and there is noneed to have self pity on ourselves as we did very well.
“What we should know is that there are further battles to be fought and won and that's what we should focus on now. The team has reassured the country's pride in them and we have to continue supporting them. They have made the country proud," Mbalula expressed.