Cape Town - Sports minister Fikile Mbalula
has lauded AB de Villiers and his Proteas side after they returned home from
the Cricket World Cup in Australia and New Zealand.
The South Africans bowed out at the
semi-final stage, losing a tense match by four wickets to New Zealand in Auckland.
Mbalula was speaking upon the team's
arrived in Johannesburg on Friday morning.
He was quoted by Cricket South Africa's
official Facebook page:
"I wouldn't have woken up to come here
if I was going to welcome a bunch of losers or chokers.
"I saw a determined team that wanted to do
best for its country and I'm very proud of the boys.
"We won't cry over spilled milk. We tried
our best and we lost. Keep the fire burning.
"AB, you led superbly as captain. You have
made this nation proud."