Zuma places confidence in Bafana

Jacob Zuma has given Bafana the nod ahead of the Afcon tournament this weekend.

Bafana Bafana pose for a group photograph prior to a training session at the Orlando Stadium in Soweto on Friday, 11 January 2013. The team will play a friendly match against Algeria at the venue on Saturday. Bafana Bafana face the Cape Verde Islands in the African Cup of Nations opener at the National Stadium on January 19. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA

SOWETO - President Jacob Zuma has given Bafana Bafana his thumbs up ahead of the African Cup of Nations this weekend.

The president met with players in Soweto on Tuesday and told them the Afcon trophy should remain in South Africa.

He said the tournament will be a resounding success and add on to the 2010 FIFA World Cup legacy.

The second Afcon on South African soil kicks off on Saturday with Bafana's match against Cape Verde.

Zuma said Bafana were a strong side, despite not scoring goals in their preparation matches.

"We are satisfied that the team is ready.

"We have seen it in their international friendly matches."

Zuma also spoke of the team's balance and of the game itself.

"I am happy, I think we are ready and I think the country is ready. Fortunately we have the facilities, which is a key factor."

Around 400,000 tickets have been sold for the tournament so far.