‘Give the boys a chance’

Sports minister Fikile Mbalula says the nation should still support Bafana Bafana.

Sports and Recreation minister Fikile Mbalula has urged the nation to rally behind Bafana Bafana, even after their goalless draw against Cape Verde at the opening match of the Africa Cup of Nations on the 19th of January 2013.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports minister Fikile Mbalula said while it was disappointing that Bafana Bafana did not win their first match at the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), the country must not lose faith in the team.

Mbalula was speaking on what he described as an incident-free opening to the Afcon tournament.

He also thanked the South Africans who braved the wet weather to support Bafana in their goalless draw at the National stadium in Soweto on Saturday.

"My message is that we've got a chance to still redeem ourselves, the competition has just begun."

Mbalula said South Africans needed to give the team a chance and that they could only criticise and give up on Bafana when they bow out of the competition without a fight.