EXTRA TIME: Watch Bafana Bafana's heroic welcome at the airport

The South African men's national team hasn't received this type of welcome in a long time

For years there's been much doubt on the South African football team because they have rarely qualified for tournaments without hosting them.

Shakes Mashaba achieved the feat, a number of junior South African teams and Banyana Banyana succeeded.

Now, it was time for the senior national men's team to join the camp and prove that they're here to stay. After proving themselves, the public has expressed their admiration by turning up in numbers to welcome Bafana back at the airport.

You can watch videos of Bafana arriving back in South Africa and a Tweet of appreciation from midfielder Dean Furman.

South Africa returned from Tunisia after beating Libya 2-1 in their last group qualifier. The victory means they qualify for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt in June.