South Africa head coach Stuart Baxter says his charges were not brave enough against Nigeria.
Bafana Bafana crashed out of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) finals after losing 2-1 to the Super Eagles in a quarter-final clash on Wednesday night.
Samuel Chukwueze handed Nigeria the lead in the first-half and William Troost-Ekong snatched a late winning goal at the Cairo International Stadium.
Bongani Zungu netted for Baxter’s charges and the goal proved to be a consolation.
“It’s always sad when you lose a game in the last minute. In the first half we were not brave enough but in the second we were much better,” Baxter said.
“We still couldn’t find that last touch. Nigeria is very dangerous and have some very good players.
“We tried to win but we lost in the dying minutes. Congratulations to Nigeria coach and team and I’m sure they are going to do a great job.”
Nigeria will now take on the winner between Ivory Coast and Algeria in the semi-finals on Sunday.
South Africans have taken to social media to express their disappointment at the result between the Bafana Bafana and Super Eagles in the AFCON quarter-final clash between the two sides.
The Super Eagles made it three wins out of three over their perennial rivals in AFCON matches between them. Goals from Samuel Chukwueze and William Troost Ekong gave the team a 2-1 victory who scored through Bongani Zungu.
South Africa fans including rapper AKA took to social media to express their displeasure at the result. The rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa is bigger than football which was why the defeat was a hard pill to swallow for South Africans.
South Africans especially the guys have always been xenophobic towards Nigerian guys living in their country. They accused Nigerian guys of taking up their girls and jobs.
Although South Africa is far more developed than Nigeria, they have always suffered from an inferiority complex when it comes to dealing with Nigerians.
In football, they have always been in the shadow of Nigeria. Last night’s match was a chance for them to get one over the Super Eagles for the first time in AFCON but it was the three-time AFCON champions who once again proved their superiority over their rivals.
Nevertheless, while South Africans were mourning another loss to the Super Eagles, Nigerians savoured the moment by trolling them.
Nigeria will hope to continue their good form in the semifinals when they take on Algeria or Ivory Coast.