Zuma lets our boys know that South Africa believes

2010-06-10 00:00

JOHANNESBURG — As World Cup fever continues to grip the country, President Jacob Zuma met Bafana Bafana yesterday ahead of their training session at Sturrock Park in Johannesburg to deli­ver a good luck message to the national team.

The South Africans open the World Cup tomorrow with their match against Mexico at Soccer City at 4 pm.

While Zuma spoke to the players and was presented an autographed Bafana World Cup jersey by captain Aaron Mokoena, youths on an overlooking rocky outcrop blew vuvuzelas.

About 50 000 people swamped Sandton yesterday for a parade by the national team.

At Soccer City, as members of the cast of tomorrow’s 2 pm opening ceremony marched back to a congregating point at Safa House from a photo shoot, passing motorists blared their hooters and blew vuvuzelas.

Zuma told Bafana that there will be 49 million South Africans supporting them at the World Cup.

“Everyone in the country and on the continent is behind Bafana Bafana. Everywhere I have been going I have not met anyone who says anything different.

“I think that everybody has now realised that we are ready. We are ready to go to war.

“The whole country is 100% behind you. They can’t all tell you personally, but I can on their behalf.

“I am saying to the captain, reach the final. My hands are itching to hold that cup and hand it over to him.”

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