Ignore critics and focus on positives, Zuma tells Bafana

2013-01-15 15:22

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President Jacob Zuma has assured Bafana Bafana that the country was behind them as they prepare for the Africa Cup of Nations.

Zuma, who was speaking after a private meeting with the team at Orlando Stadium, Soweto, was welcomed by the players with Umshini Wam’.

He encouraged the team to do their best in the tournament, which kicks off on Saturday with South Africa taking on Cape Verde.

Zuma said he had no doubt that they would do the country proud. “I’ve seen the team in action and I’m confident they will do well. I’ve seen the commitment and attitude of the players and I’m happy,” said Zuma.

He said the team must ignore their critics and concentrate on the positives. “There’ll always be critics and some people are paid to do so but the whole country is behind you.”

He said the players should relax and play their normal game. “I want to touch the trophy and the only way to do so is when you have won.”

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