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Mbalula: It Starts With CHAN

Mbalula: It Starts With CHAN

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17 / / Jan 08, 2014 01:20 PM
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The Minister of Sport and Recreation, Fikile Mbalula, has wished the National Soccer Team, Bafana Bafana, well ahead of the upcoming Orange CAF African Nations Championship (CHAN) tournament to be staged in South Africa starting Saturday, January 11.

He made a visit to the squad's base camp in Cape Town yesterday (January 7), to offer words of encouragement before the tournament is set to roll underway at Cape Town Stadium on Saturday afternoon.

Bafana Bafana will be up against the Mambas of Mozambique for their opening Group A fixture, followed by Mali on the 15th and will then round-off the group stages with a clash against African champions, Nigeria.

In a statement on the SAFA website, Mbalula said, “If you go with the mentality that teams have not sent strong players here you are going to be surprised by Mozambique. They will want to come here and embarrass you,” said Minister Mbalula.

"And you don’t want to appear as people who did not give their all and did not want to represent their country. I thought I needed to emphasise that point that we have pride in you, and we are confident that all of you will make this country of ours proud. Rewards come at the end, not at the beginning.”

The Minister also emphasised the importance of the competition and how it can build strength within the national team going forward.

“Anyone who says this competition is not serious is making a big mistake and misleading the country. This competition is taking place in South Africa and is a very important competition. All the 16 teams that are coming here have not been invited or co-opted or asked by CAF to come here, they had to compete to get here. They earned their right to be in South Africa with us. It is time for the people of SA to have pride,” added Minister Mbalula.

"You are going to compete with the best on the African continent. This is our path and journey to glory. It starts with CHAN, and we are expected to win and we have to do it for SA and do it for Nelson Mandela because it is in honour that today we are able to host competitions of this order, it is in honour that we have pride, and we are expected to perform," the minister concluded.

Bafana Bafana skipper, Itumeleng Khune, also took the time to thank the minister's visit  and said his colleagues were positive about the road ahead.

“We are going to go out there with the knowledge that we have your support and the country’s. As players we need to inform you that we are taking this tournament very seriously and will do our best to ensure great results,” said Khune.

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mahumani Level 1
lets support bafana bafana left and right no matter what.proudly south african they will make it happen

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obrey Level 1
U once said it will start with 2010 world cup do you really edit your old statements

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Lion_NkyNG Level 1
its gna be a huge embarassment to our players if Bafana don't win ths tournament bcoz in my opion thy hv th strongest squad as all th other nations are experimenting with youngsters.

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anyhow Level 1
well bafana must will this or else shame on them

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veliswamhule Level 1
kkkk micky mouse cup is not in fifa cowlender

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veliswamhule Level 1
when it starts with chan y do u col players over 30 and 85 caps respectively

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Real_Molobedu Level 6
Madalas FC i curse not to win this jackie chan tournament its useless we xud hv tkn thz opportunity to play young lads

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goalissimo Level 2
Mr Mbalula, you are just wasting your time with Khune and co. Just a bunch of failures that some of us will not care to support. Next year award them with the King of Sport award.

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lesothohleebanna Level 3
Development in south africa is totally misconceptualised! how can u sae u develop playas who r byond 23? dats ridiculous! poor technical expertise yields dis kind of results. dats african mentality for u. well my country is disadvntaged but da way south africa conducts business is totally irrelevant and corrupt. Brazil is level ahead with u. playas r develop @ da 4yrs. hahaha while u develop playas at national team

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mainama Level 4
Nonkonyana is still suspended for saying Bafana must win this one.

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JaCowb_Zuma Level 1
this mbalula cow speaks english like it was xhosa

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mainama Level 4
iwill support Bafana only if Yeye is not playing cus i cant support a wellknown cow.

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Sakhi16 Level 1
Mncm, its good to see u getting involved in sports and joining the league of Mafias, u are so loud when it comes to ur so called Razzmatazz and ish. But u shy away when it comes to real issuies in sport, the Thanda issue, the bribery issue, the Rugby and cricket transformatio issue, these are the issues that need your attention, if u fail to get these right shut the F up and sit the F* down, female pig

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MaTshepiso Level 4
This CHAN is also important for Chiefs players. They have to redeem themseves. No sensational own goals and backpasses!

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Sanda1na Level 1
But you said we shouldn't celebrate mediocrity

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