Cape Town - The Minister of Sport and Recreation of South Africa, Fikile Mbalula, sees Bafana Bafana gaining a “wealth of experience” if knocked out of 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
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Addressing the media at the team hotel in Equatorial Guinea, Mbaluala expressed his confidence in the team.
“Should we not make it past this round we will not be disappointed because that is the nature of football,” Mbalula told safa.net.
“AFCON is not the end in itself, it is a journey.
“We are here to compete and play good football, and also weigh ourselves.
“Just being here was a great achievement in itself and generally we are happy as a nation from what we have seen.
“There is always next time. We will come back. But we will have exited with a wealth of experience.”
Bafana Bafana are set to play Ghana at the Stade de Mongomo in Equatorial Guinea.
Kick-off is at 20:00 (SA time) on Tuesday, January 27.