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'Proteas will win the Cricket World Cup'

Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula says he has no doubt the Proteas will go all the way.

Proteas players celebrate during a World Cup match. Picture: CWC.

JOHANNESBURG - Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has no doubt the Proteas are going to win the World Cup.

South Africa are one step closer to making that a reality after they secured a place in the semifinals after a nine wicket win over Sri Lanka in Sydney on Wednesday.

"I never had any doubt that they would make it this far. They've been very determined and have been boosted by the nation that keeps pumping them up.

"The boys have made history in making this semifinal. I have no doubt they will get to the final and bring the trophy home."

Former all-rounder Lance Klusener, has described the team as unbeatable.

Klusener was part of the heart breaking loss in 1999 where South Africa crashed out in the semifinals after drawing with Australia.

Looking back at the win over Sri Lanka, Klusener, who was named Player of the Tournament back in 1999 said, "The way they executed their plans was very good. This team, when it plays well and everyone clicks, it almost becomes impossible to beat them."

Looking ahead to South Africa's possible opponents in the next round, Klusener admitted he would prefer a Caribbean clash.

"New Zealand is always going to be tough in familiar conditions. It would be nice to play the West Indies instead, we have one up on them."

Former coach Mickey Arthur, believes the quarterfinal win is a major turning point for the Proteas.

Arthur, who coached the national team from 2005-2010, believes South Africa could go all the way now that they've broken their duck in knockout matches.

"Once you get to the knockout stages, you want to be firing on all cylinders. I think South Africa have done that. They're bowling and fielding exceptionally well."

Arthur also believes that an upset could be on the cards on Saturday when co-hosts New Zealand take to the field.

"I think the West Indies are due a massive performance. I think there's going to be one upset in these quarterfinals, and for me, it's going to be in that West Indies vs New Zealand game."

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