Thursday, 15 January 2015

South Africa have come of age - sports minister

South Africa's sports minister on Wednesday said the country's national team had matured after qualifying to compete in the continent's most prestigious football tournament following seven years in the wilderness.

Bafana Bafana last qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations in 2008.

"You have come of age," said Minister Fikile Mbalula shortly before the team left for the tournament, which wil be hosted by Equatorial Guinea. "This is a special moment for South Africa."

"You have restored the glory, the pride ... of the nation," he added.
A year ago, out of frustration at the team's poor performances, Mbalula described Bafana Bafana as a "disaster" and a "useless bunch of losers".

That was after South Africa crashed out of the group stage of the 2014 African Nations Championship with a 3-1 loss to Nigeria. Read More..

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