The South African government calls on the nation to continue supporting the national football team, Bafana Bafana, as they encounter France in their final Group A match at Mangaung Stadium in Bloemfontein today, Tuesday, 22 June 2010.
Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe said: “We need to rally behind Bafana Bafana in the same way we did prior to the start of the tournament, and ensure that the spirit remains high.
“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.
“Government is generally impressed by the organised and professional manner in which South Africans have played host to the World Cup, and there is a need – more so now that Bafana face an uphill battle – to remain good hosts,” said Deputy President Motlanthe.
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Issued by: Government Communications (GCIS)