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President Jacob Zuma tells Bafana Bafana to ‘relax’

Posted: 15 January 2013 Time: 15:57

President Jacob Zuma visited Bafana Bafana today, and says as a former player he is happy with the team.

Bafana are in their final preparations for the Africa Cup of Nations on home soil, which they kick off on Saturday against Cape Verde at Soccer City.

Gallery of the President's visit HERE!

“We are satisfied that the team is well prepared for the tournament, and we came to say to our team, our national team, they must relax, they must not be tense, they must not listen to all these critics, who never come onto the field,” Zuma said.

“They must just play what they know and stick to what they have been preparing to do, and they will do it.”

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund said is was an “honour and a privilege” to be visited by the President.

Igesund added: “[The President] said he was a footballer before and he’s watched our friendly games and he’s been happy, he can see the commitment from the players and the attitude, and he just wants to wish us well and go out there and enjoy ourselves and play for the nation. Very encouraging words and very motivational.”

President Zuma was also presented with a personalised Bafana jersey.

Gallery of the President's visit HERE!

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Previous comments on this story...

Gucci Man
posted: 04:00 pm
Mr President can we relax , when you also promised the nation 500 000 jobs ,
We still want to see more jobs created far we're -499 999 ?
Only 1 job(mthangala) was created ....Sonono Khoza
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:04 pm
Mr President.....Can you tell all the Gorillas to relax and support the nation seeing that you have a close relationship with them (VIA Dr Khoza) may they will listen to you....
posted: 04:04 pm
i wud ly 2 c vedios of Msholozi playn
Double Treble Champ-Marapo
posted: 04:05 pm
"We are satisfied that the team is well prepared for the tournament, and we came to say to our team, our national team, they must relax, they must not be tense, they must not listen to all these critics, who never come onto the field,” Zuma said

Mr Zuma please focus on sex and leave football to us. You never go the stadiums but you have the majoros to say this bullsh*t.
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:05 pm
Why does Oupa Manyisa look so sad in this picture?
posted: 04:06 pm
Too much hype around this Banana-Banana...

I wonder what will happen after the failure of the team.

In case your hope are high because of "supporting the nation" well leave some a very big room for disappointment.
posted: 04:08 pm
you slaughtered 12 beasts for the ancestors in preparation for mangaung and you won by a landslide margin. Cant you arrange something similar peharps more for the national team?
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:08 pm
Reneilwe "Yeye" Letsholonyane.....The best Box to Box midfielder in the country by far with the ability to defend and attack....He makes Bafana Bafana tick....he makes Kaizer Chiefs tick.

Hauuuuweeeeng Baaaanna.......Let the games begin.
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 04:09 pm
Gucci Man & Double Treble Champ-Marapo...
hahahahahahahahaha kru kru kru kru kru kru kru yeses hahahahahahahahahaha hahahaha moer lokl hayi you've made my day guys hahahahaha
posted: 04:09 pm
they must not listen to all these critics, who never come onto the field,” Zuma said.
rats zambia
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:12 pm
Thulani "Mfana ophethe iMagic" Serero....Mzansi's Lionel Messi......Soweto born and raised....Holla ntwana.....awubabonise boi.............The National Stadium is going to see the best of you on the 19th.

Azishe ke...
Zambia one
posted: 04:12 pm
Fans in SA have really piled pressure on Bafana Bafana despite knowing the team is being built.
Tico MP
posted: 04:15 pm
posted: 04:16 pm
President Zuma is loosing weight Bafwethu
posted: 04:17 pm
Lerato Chabangu looks drunk, Oupa Manyisa looks sad, Yeye looks drowzy, Rantie looks lost, Thabo Nthete and Ngcongca look uninterested, Serame Letsoaka looks puzzled. Only the guys in front are in a juvial mood !
The Phefeni Boy
posted: 04:17 pm
Siphiwe "Ntho Tse Monate" Tshabalala......A player for big occasions......Soweto born and raised...relax boy and keep those crosses coming........Let the haters hate......I want you to unleash one of those rockets in this AFCON......I want another pair of your boots in the FIFA football museum.

Asiye baba.......I know you will be reading this.
Filaz Roger Feutmba...Sandawana
posted: 04:18 pm
Chabangu looks drunk...eish mara this boy
posted: 04:18 pm
hypocrite, do you guyz remember this dude made an immature joke about Bafana in parliament and the rest of the donkeys there were in stitches now he is "motivating" them. Stick to what you know best, make a lot babies for the nation and pass your football genes.
posted: 04:18 pm
@ Zambia one

And the foundation is Gaxa, Masilela, Yeye, KG, Shabba, Parker and Killer
posted: 04:18 pm
Ithikithi esandleni for the opening match.

No warawara on the blog .See u at the Stadium
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