Mbalula praises Baby Proteas' success

The Sports Minister says SA’s under 19 cricketers have provided a perfect example to follow.

Junior Proteas bowler Kagiso Rabada celebrates claiming another wicket. Picture:

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says South Africa's under 19 cricketers being crowned world champions provides the perfect example for other sports to follow.

The Baby Proteas beat Pakistan by six wickets in Dubai in the final of the World Cup on Saturday.

Football in particular has come under fire from the minister following Bafana Bafana crashing out of CHAN tournament.

Mbalula says this victory is the cornerstone of future success.

"If you are able to have an underlying team that can win a world cup then your future is guaranteed, the foundation is there and that's what we want. Even in soccer and all other sporting codes, you've got to have these developing sides."

Meanwhile, the victorious South African under 19 cricket team's trophy presentation at Newlands has been postponed.

The world cup winners were set to touch down in Cape Town later this morning and be presented to a sell-out crowd at tea time during the second test between the Proteas and Australia.

But due to some technical problems with the plane, the flight had to go back to Dubai whilst in mid-air.

The Baby Proteas will only land in the Mother City at around 8pm this evening.

Cricket South Africa (CSA) Altaaf Kazi says plans have shifted to Monday.

"Today would have been ideal for them to parade the trophy and engage with the fans. But sometimes you're not in control of these things and we've got to plan for tomorrow."