DURBAN - Sport and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula on Friday labelled Bafana Bafana’s players heroes, and thanked them for shaping the youth of South Africa.
Coach Gordon Igesund's men have decided to forego any bonuses during the group stages of the Africa Cup of Nations tournament, which is currently underway, preferring to get paid only if they qualify for the quarterfinals.
Mbalula said those types of decisions strengthened the social fiber of society.
“In South Africa, we (feel) so entitled; we think that money comes before everything else.
“For our national team to communicate a message to the youth that we are not entitled… says something about the social fiber of a nation.”
Mbalula said he would not hold back on rewards if Bafana clinched the Afcon trophy.
South Africa, currently lying top of Group A, face Morocco on Sunday in their final group match - victory in that game will ensure their passage into the knockout phase.
The minister said he had a huge surprise on standby for the players.
“I am prepared to ask for more money if they win… I am ‘Mister Giver’ as you know.
“I’m going to give them something big if they win - you will see a Rolls-Royce rolling in just like that.”
MAJORO RULED OUT OF CLASH WITH MOROCCO
Bafana forward Lehlohonolo Majoro, who suffered a deep cut in his shin on Wednesday, has been officially ruled out of Sunday’s clash in Durban.
Majoro today trained on the sidelines with striker Tokelo Rantie, who is under observation due to a twisted ankle.
He was due for a late fitness test today, but team doctor Carl Tabane said Majoro was out of the game.
Tabane said Majoro should be healed by the quarter-finals.