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Mbalula: Bafana Have Made The Country Proud

Mbalula: Bafana Have Made The Country Proud

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308 / / Feb 04, 2013 01:54 PM
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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.

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MADVD_DAVE
Mm!

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Sonij
3. As much as we need to support all our natiinal teams no matter what, but alsone need to provide space for disputation and rebuke mediocre. We must learn to invigorate our criticism mechanics so that we develop a system and a culture that will enable every1 who ckaim to represent feel it when we approve or dismiss their input. So to Minister don't fooled. As much more as we appreciate the fighting spirit they show we also are proud of under achievement and the sooner they realise that the better.

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Sonij
2. Let #) Safa be made only of key social and sporting figures reflecting the demographics of our country's ecceptiobal talent. We need the likes of club owners, knowledgeable former playas, sports management specialists, corporate and reputable figures to run the association and not this current micky mouse. Such group of people need to be give space to craft a future phan for SA futball. Here we need at least a 10 year plan to lay the foundation and not this current schoolboy microwave approach we r fast getting to be acustomed to

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kwedimo
FAke minister of sports are u saying proud,u know nothing about football.13yrs since we won the cup & the poor performance u still say proud,houtkop.

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Sonij
The lig needs to be properly regulated in order to treat is as a countries prime sporting corporation. The sooner we release our proffesional lig from the shackles of Khoza and Mtaung instead we let it be run more like the English Premiership and the current version of Bindasliga. This were the issue of lig & the association is arrested by introducing a specific state regulated body to control their relationship especially when it comes into safeguarding what is of national interest.

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Sonij
Ya it has all dusted, & back to reality and I would love to share few things about it. 1. To Mister Minister we are far from being proud....you csnnot come and tell to settle for less. No not now and in the future. Remember we were once a continental powerhouse, we still have necessary accessories essential to build on our legacy. We have a global corporate competitive lig that needs to be treated like a national corporate treasure. Lets make work for us as a nation and not the otherway round.

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mongwes
Bafana did de country proud. what did dey do? being booted out of Afcon? i knw soccer n i was following Bafana Bafana n um stil following dem. lets start from 96 Afcon, we won, 98 Finals, since then, we r drowning n dis fat cats r praising Bafana Bafana. we hosting de tournament. in 4 games, we won 1 game n drew 3. is that gud record. lets be realistic ppl, we going nowhere with our soccer. lastly Bongani Khumalo dn't deserve 2 play 4 national team period

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27714374149
Bafana hav made d country's fat cats proud..............nt d real soccer followers,mayb dos who knw noting abt gud futbal.....................in gud futbal,u press 4 early opening goal n press 4 a winning in 2nd,teams nid 2 wory abt closing u down frm d 1st 2 d last minute........in dat way d spirit n d mentlity is also included,datz wat makes gud futbal.........wat bafana dd,dy did it 2 qualify 4 deir incentives...........i'm nt proud,mostly we wory abt ada team's strengths bt we dnt capitalize on deir weaknesses.............d perfomance of d 1st half against mali must b d perfomance of d whole game 4 evry game nometa who is d oponent.

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shaloti
@ju-ju28.. If indeed he is being offered less, -yes u ryt its unfair... Bt we cannot speculate as we do not know the terms of the contract. As for the players chosen, I don't have a comment on that bcos he chose them, he must have had a certain goal in his head. If u have read my comments throughout the torney, u will note that I lambasted him sometimes and congradulated him wen I felt he deserved it... To his credit he did it with the players most ppl (myself included) deemed not adequate enaf...

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kgwara10
U don't have reasons wena @ cashami . Mahlangu in brasil did not close hulk and resulted to goal he was blamed and benched now yeye did it 3 times... We mustnt talk bcz we hate chiefs? its bull then.

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ju-ju28
I copied dat my big brada@ Molane...

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ju-ju28
Heita my friend Shaloti...u c boss, wat i lyk abt da hol thing is dat SUFFER has gven Mr Garden a long contract- dats da best thing dat has happened 2 da nation. Sumtyms one thinks dat may b Mr Garden ws pressured 2 produce results instantly dats y he had 2 choose da type of playas he chose...i hear he ws mandated 2 reach da semis of dis tourney nd atleast make da 2nd round in Brazil yet da oldman gets half da amount Pitso ws earning- i thot dat ws unfair if its true...

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Molane
Ju-ju28, true that ndoda n askies to offended ones...i just wish we can focus on sharing diski info not butchering each other...yes 4 rats/zebras hai mhlonishwa we will continue to mock each other(kodwa u right no buttkissing ha ha ha)psa

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shaloti
Hahaha @ju-ju28 mnganami I hear u... Then what is yo suggestion into getting DESIRED results? We cannot only complain bt must also offer solutions... Yes u ryt we failed... Bt I can give GI credit bcos inspite of the fact that we failed to qualify he got us past the group stages when most of us didn't think he had the players to do it... Bafana all the way!

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ju-ju28
b4 brada=big brada

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