Both the current and former Ministers of Sport, Nathi Mthethwa and Fikile Mbalula, have been on social media congratulating Bafana Bafana on their run at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.
However, that run ended on Wednesday night when they were beaten 2-1 by Nigeria in the quarter-finals.
Twenty-year-old, Samuel Chukwueze was named Man of the Match after scoring Nigeria’s opening goal.
Bongani Zungo equalised before William Ekong netted the winner a minute from time.
Bafana Bafana goalkeeper, Ronwen Williams had a good tournament, but was apologetic for letting in the last goal.
Williams says, “In the 2nd half we played much better, but you know it’s a sad way to go out. A lapse in concentration from me, in the dying moments you know so…we live and we learn, and you know …these things must make you stronger, so yes we stay positive. It was a good experience, the boys learnt a lot, and yes, we are proud.”
I am personally proud of @BafanaBafana – thank you boys for showing South Africa we can fight. We’ve come far from my famous speech I won’t on this occasion recall.
On behalf of me, myself and I – thank you for being better – we could certainly been the best- but, nisebenzile pic.twitter.com/imifCDyI5V
— Minister of Transport |Mr Fix (@MbalulaFikile) July 10, 2019
LADUUUUMA! South Africa has given us an outstanding goal by Zungu! What a beautiful beautiful game boys! Let’s keep going. Show the world that you are true warriors! #RSANGA #AFCON2019 #NGARSA
Hayi! Asibasabi Siyabafuna! pic.twitter.com/Bky7S51rJO
— Min. Nathi Mthethwa (@NathiMthethwaSA) July 10, 2019