SA must rally behind Bafana - Zuma

President Jacob Zuma said the whole nation should rally behind Bafana Bafana during the Afcon tournament.

President Jacob Zuma receives a Bafana Bafana team jersey from Captain Bongani Khumalo while Coach Gordon Igesund and Deputy Minister of sports Gert Oosthuizen look on. Picture: GCIS.

JOHANNESBURG - President Jacob Zuma on Tuesday met with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, which kicks off on Saturday at the National Stadium in Soweto.

Zuma encouraged the players to give it their all during the soccer spectacle.

He told the Bafana squad to ignore critics and to "go out there and fight for their country".

The president addressed the team privately in the auditorium before the players came out of the tunnel, singing "Mshini wami".

Zuma says he is confident that Bafana is ready and has encouraged South Africans to rally behind the national team.