Loading...
Loading Live Scoring...
*All times CAT (GMT+2)

Football | Bafana Bafana

Bafana Bafana © Backpagepix

Bafana's Durban match sold out



A sell-out crowd of 56 000 is expected at Wednesday's Group A Africa Cup of Nations soccer clash between hosts Bafana Bafana and Angola in Durban.

Public faith in the hosts has seemingly waned since the start of the competition on Saturday, when South Africa could only draw with minnows Cape Verde Islands.

However, there was a sense of expectancy and belief in Durban that their fortunes could be reversed at the Moses Mabhida stadium.

The Afcon tournament is yet to burst into life but there is a feeling that a win could change that mood.

Earlier on Wednesday, Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula, accompanied by Safa president Kirsten Nematandani, handed over team jerseys to the players.

He wished the team well against the Antelopes, a side which has not beaten Bafana in six meetings.

"You came here to defend the interest of the country," Mbalula said.

"Be ready to fight and defend your nation until the end. Giants emerge out of challenges and difficulties, and even champions emerge out of the same. What separates men from boys is their experience and determination."

He urged the players to do what they were supposed to do to the best of their ability.

"Everyone supports this team and we believe in you, and you have to believe in yourselves," Mbalula said.

Shop

Gerrard: My Autobiography
Steven Gerrard is a hero to millions, not only as the inspirational captain of Liverpool FC, but as a key member of the England team.
R161.00
Rafa: My Story
Revelatory memoir from the greatest sportsman in the world today.
R182.00
Mitre Monde Soccer Ball - White
Voted as one of the UK's favourite match balls
R219.00


Comments

More expert analysis and opinion from Sport24
The opinions expressed by Sport24 experts and bloggers are theirs alone, and do not necessarily represent those of SuperSport

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Other Live Streaming

Event Streaming

Channel Streaming

Sports Talk



John Dykes
Ups and downs for Mersey managers
My thoughts have increasingly turned to Merseyside of late as Social Media has been abuzz with talk...

Sunday Oliseh
What Chelsea has that Man City lacks
When Jose Mourinho celebrated winning the Capital One Cup many asked if he was putting on a show.

Neil Tovey
I still bleed black and gold
I believe the Soweto derby ranks among the ten best derbies within world football.

Dr Errol Sweeney
Referee inconsistency - true or false?
No one ever said refereeing is easy. No one ever said arbitrating between two “warring” factions...

Segun Odegbami
Barcelona on my mind
I guess every reader of this column knows by now that I am a fan of Barcelona.

Calvin Emeka Onwuka
Jose's feeling the heat
Many of my regular readers here will know I am neither a Jose Mourinho apologist nor a cult...