Zuma voices his support for Bafana coach

2014-01-21 08:35

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President Jacob Zuma has come out in support of under-fire Bafana Bafana and their coach, Gordon Igesund.

“We’re well aware that some people are criticising the way the national team played against Nigeria. Some want the team to be disbanded. It has improved greatly and needs our support.

“The coach knows what he’s doing. He’s great at his job. The fact that the team lost, that doesn’t mean anything as other teams lost as well,” the president told Ukhozi FM in isiZulu.

The interview was translated into English by the public broadcaster.

Zuma was speaking before Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula yesterday called Bafana Bafana a “bunch of losers” after they lost to Nigeria in their African Nations Championship fixture at Cape Town Stadium on Sunday.

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“What I saw was not a problem of coaching, it was a bunch of losers,” Mbalula told journalists in Cape Town yesterday.

“Their performance was not even lacklustre, it was useless. We must go back to the drawing board. The mediocrity that was displayed, we must never wake up to that again.”

The host side crashed out of the tournament after a 3-1 defeat to Nigeria in their final group A clash, stumbling at the first hurdle and failing to make it out of the group stage.

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