Bafana Bafana's players, looking ahead to Wednesday's clash with Angola, believe they still have what it takes to get through to the second round of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon), despite their goalless opening match draw with Cape Verde.
Champions Zambia were held to a 1-1 draw by Ethiopia despite the Wayla Antelopes having goalkeeper Jemal Tassew sent off in the first half of their 2013 Africa Cup of Nations clash at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Monday.
The first action in Group B of the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations produced the tournament's first goals. Sunday's double-header at the Nelson Mandela Bay Stadium in Port Elizabeth also showed that no team is a shoo-in for a quarterfinal place.
Sports Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on South Africans to keep supporting the national team after Bafana Bafana drew against Cape Verde in Saturday's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) opening match in Johannesburg on Saturday.
The 2013 Africa Cup of Nations opened tamely as South Africa and Cape Verde drew nil-nil in a disappointing first game. That was followed by a goalless draw between Morocco and Angola, leaving Group A wide open, and the tournament without a goal after its opening day.
Heavy rain failed to dampen the spirits at Johannesburg's National Stadium on Saturday as the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kicked off in colourful, rhythmical African style.
Sport Minister Fikile Mbalula has called on sport fans around South Africa to take to the streets with their flags and blow their vuvuzelas at noon today to welcome the teams and spectators for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations.
With the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations kick-off looming, South Africans have been urged to show their support for national team Bafana Bafana by wearing their yellow football jerseys each Friday during the tournament - starting today.
The support of South African fans will be crucial to the success of the national team's 2013 Africa Cup of Nations campaign, says Bafana Bafana captain Bongani Khumalo.
South Africa's police service and defence force have assured football fans visiting the country for the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) that they are in for a safe, enjoyable experience.