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Bafana prepare for last 8

Gordon Igesund’s men are getting ready for their first Afcon quarterfinal in 11 years.

Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo and coach Gordon Igesund at a press conference after making it to the Afcon quarterfinals on 27 January 2013. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN

DURBAN - Bafana Bafana said they were overjoyed with still being in the African Cup of Nations and were making the country proud.

Bafana are through to the tournament's quarterfinals by topping Group A following their 2-2 draw with Morocco in Durban on Sunday night.

Coach Gordon Igesund said the team could not have done it without the support of the country.

"I could see how happy they were. They lifted the players up on two occasions and obviously we do feel very good about that."

Meanwhile football lovers have applauded Bafana's 'never say die' attitude, but the team needs to improve.

"We can do better, but we need commitment," said one football fan.

Another said, "as long as we can tighten up our defence, we stand a very good chance. I mean we played well."

Meanwhile, Igesund said he believed his team can win the tournament following the game against Morocco.

He also said his side showed a lot of fighting spirit to advance to the quarterfinals and believes nothing will stand in their way.

"We're in the quarterfinals and that's two games away from the final."

The coach also said he has always believed in the players' abilities and that the right frame of mind helps in achieving the results they are achieving.

The team's quarterfinal opponents will be determined on Monday and will be either Ghana, Niger, Mali or the DRC.

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