Sports and Recreation Minister Fikile Mbalula says the nation is hoping that the coveted Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) trophy will remain in the country after the tournament has ended next year.
South Africa will host the continental showpiece – which will kick-off with the opening match between Bafana Bafana and Cape Verde at FNB stadium in Johannesburg on January 19. The final will be played at the same venue on February 10.
“It’s going to be a great [start to] the year and we are looking forward to a victorious Bafana Bafana. Starting with Cape Verde, we will finish them off and march to victory. We are unstoppable. It is only the boys who can stop themselves, but as a nation, we are roaring and we want this Afcon trophy to stay here in South Africa, said Mbalula.
He said South Africa needed to show the national team support and buy match tickets.
“There were were some glitches here and there in preparations for this tournament, but as government we are doing everything to ensure that the Afcon is a success,” he said.
The winners of the 2013 Afcon tournament will battle European champions, Spain in the 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup in Brazil.