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.
“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.