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Bafana have SA’s support: Zuma

President Jacob Zuma says the country is behind Bafana Bafana as they clash with Mali in Afcon quarterfinal.

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 has assured Bafana Bafana that they will have the country's support, no matter the result of their African Cup of Nations quarter final match on Saturday evening.

Zuma will be watching the game at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban, as Bafana take on Mali.

Presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj said Zuma was confident that the team will do well in Saturday's clash.

"He says we want Gordon Igesund, Bongani Khumalo, the team captain and the entire team to know that the entire country is behind them; supporting them all the way."

Meanwhile Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane said Bafana have an opportunity to rewrite history.

Mokonyane's spokesperson Thebe Mohatle said, "It's an opportune time to actually win this trophy. Since we did it in '96 we haven't even gone through to the quarterfinals."

Mohatle said that the province wanted to see South Africa in the finals and keep the trophy in the country.

The president met with the Bafana Bafana squad ahead of the African Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament, during a training session at the National Stadium in Soweto.

He encouraged the players to give it their all during the soccer spectacle and to ignore the critics.

Zuma addressed the team privately in the auditorium and told them to"go out there and fight for their country", before the players came out of the tunnel, singing "Mshini wami".

Zuma also said he was confident that Bafana was ready and has encouraged South Africans to rally behind the national team.

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