Motlanthe urges SA to support Bafana

2010-06-22 07:38

The South African nation must continue supporting Bafana Bafana,

said Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe.

He said: “We need to rally behind Bafana Bafana in the same way we

did prior to the start of the 2010 Fifa World Cup and ensure that the spirit

remains high.”

Motlanthe called on South Africans to stand behind the national

team as they take on France in their final Group A match at Mangaung Stadium in

Bloemfontein on this afternoon.

If Bafana Bafana loses in this match it will be the first host team

in the history of the World Cup to be beaten out of the tournament in the first

round of the tournament.

Unfazed by a possible defeat, Motlanthe said: “The one thing we

need to keep in mind as a nation is that at the end of the tournament, the

winning team will lift the trophy, but South Africa, as the winning nation, we

will lift the honour.

“To attain that honour, we need as many South Africans as possible

to come out in numbers and cheer Bafana Bafana to victory against France. That

type of spirit, of a nation coming together behind a single vision, we’ll need

to build on for future events.”

Motlanthe said government was also “generally impressed” by the

organised and professional manner in which South Africans have played host to

the World Cup.

He said there was a need for the nation to continue in this manner,

more so now that Bafana Bafana face an uphill battle to remain good hosts.

Fanparks and public viewing areas will be open to the public across

the country at no cost and South Africans and visitors were urged to make use of

these facilities.


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