President Zuma extends his best wishes to the Proteas
24 February 2011
President Zuma today extended his well wishes to the South African National Cricket team on their first match of the Cricket World Cup. The tenth ICC Cricket World Cup began on the sub-continent on 19 February and ends on 2 April. It is hosted by India, Sri Lanka and Bangladesh.
The Proteas have undergone thorough preparations for their World Cup campaign. The excitement around the national team is palpable as they go into the World Cup on the back of a series of successes. President Zuma called on all South Africans to support the Proteas by wearing their green cricket shirts every Friday and on match days.
“Let us rally behind Graeme Smith and the rest of the Proteas. With our support they can bowl the opposition over and out,” said President Zuma.
President Zuma stressed that sport continues to be a vital tool in nation-building and the support our national teams raise across racial, religious and other boundaries is indicative of the deepening of our nationhood and the building of a common South African identity.
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Issued by: The Presidency