Jordaan: 2015 a huge year for SA football

The Safa president says Bafana Bafana has an opportunity to relive its glory days.

Bafana Bafana send off at OR Tambo Internation Airport to the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon). Picture: Marc Lewis/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - 2015 will be a huge year for soccer in the country, South African Football Association (Safa) President Danny Jordaan said on Wednesday.

He made the comments in Johannesburg this morning ahead of Bafana Bafana's departure to Equatorial Guinea for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon).

Jordaan described 2015 as an opportunity for the national team to relive its glory days.

It's the first time the country has qualified for the tournament since 2008.

Bafana has undergone serious transformation under coach Shakes Mashaba and the squad qualified for the tournament on an unbeaten streak.

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula told players they have restored pride in the national team, describing a potential win as a glorious moment for the country.

Mashaba said on Monday his team still has a lot of areas of concern to address ahead of Afcon.

Bafana opened the year with a hard fought 1-0 win over Zambia at Orlando Stadium on Sunday, courtesy of a late Thuso Phala goal.

The coach said a lot of the players fielded weren't as impressive as he had hoped.

Algeria, the top ranked team in Africa, are in Group C with Bafana.

The sides will meet in their opening match of the tournament in Mongomo on 19 January.