Mbalula responds to Bafana loss

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says winning Afcon was never an end goal for Bafana Bafana.

FILE: Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula. Picture: Christa Eybers/EWN.

JOHANNESBURG - The Ministry of Sport and Recreation South Africa notes the Bafana Bafana loss against Ghana in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) tournament.

"This means South Africa is out of the tournament but this is not a moment to drown ourselves in sorrow and sadness but a moment to reflect," Minister Fikile Mbalula said.

The minister noted that winning Afcon was never an end goal for the country.

"We saw it as a journey and we expected to see a fearless and courageous team. Our boys demonstrated such and this was proven on the stdrling record our team and its coach Shakes had in their qualifier matches to Equatorial Guinea."

Mbalula hailed coach Shakes Mashaba as "the best decision of South African Football Association".

He added that he was happy with Bafana.

"I see future stars and great compatriots; we need to exercise patience, criticise with aim to build not to destroy and continue showing the team our support."

Ghana qualified for the last eight top of the group followed by Algeria, while Senegal finished third on three points with South Africa at the foot of the table on one.