The African National Congress has wished Bafana Bafana well for their Afcon quarter-final clash against Mali.
"As the ANC we believe that the team has the necessary capacity in all performance departments. The support by the nation will be an added motivation to our national team," said ANC spokesman Jackson Mthembu on Friday.
Mthembu said Bafana had demonstrated their ability to rise to the occasion in their 2-2 draw against Morocco in the Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) group stage.
Bafana face Mali in the Moses Mabhida stadium in Durban on Saturday evening.
Gauteng premier Nomvula Mokonyane added her voice of support.
"We are very hopeful that the team will go through to semi-finals and eventually raise the South African flag higher by lifting the African masterpiece trophy. Their fighting spirit is amazing," she said.
She urged Bafana to emulate the 1996 national team which beat Tunisia 2-0 to claim the Afcon trophy.