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Heroes welcome for Bafana

The team landed following their 2-1 loss to Ethiopia on Sunday in a World Cup qualifying match.

Bafana Bafana Coach Gordon Igesund at OR Tambo International Airport in 17 June 2013. Picture: Lelo Mzaca/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - Bafana Bafana received a hero's welcome at OR Tambo International on Monday afternoon.

The team landed following their 2-1 loss to Ethiopia on Sunday in a World Cup qualifying match.

Both Captain Itumeleng Khune and Coach Gordon Igesund said despite the disappointment of not qualifying for the 2014 Brazil World Cup, they are proud of the team's performance.

In Ethiopia's match against Botswana last week, they allegedly fielded a player who should have sat out due to suspension.

Fans at the airport said they wanted Igesund to continue as Bafana coach.

South African Football Association (Safa) CEO Dennis Mumble said that decision is likely to be taken on Wednesday.

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