South Africa midfielder, Bongani Zungu, has said they should have beaten Nigeria, in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Wednesday. Bafana
South Africa midfielder, Bongani Zungu, has said they should have beaten Nigeria, in their Africa Cup of Nations quarter-final on Wednesday.
Bafana Bafana came into the game confident, after they eliminated hosts Egypt in the Round of 16.
But after Zungu made it 1-1 following Samuel Chukwueze’s opener, William Troost-Ekong grabbed the winner in the 89th minute.
“First of all, a very disappointing result for us.
“First half we gave them a lot of respect. Second half, the coach told us to press them high and I think we did quite good and we were moving the ball well.
“I felt like we were going to score, and when we scored the goal we were in the game, but unfortunately, we lost concentration in the end.
“It’s very disappointing, we are sad, but I am very proud of the team. We fought hard, we didn’t start the tournament good, but we should have won this one. But it’s part of the game.
“We had a good game plan, but I feel in the first half we gave them a lot of respect, we had to press them high, so their centre backs do not play the diagonal ball to Musa and the other winger, but as I said in the second half we did well.
“We got back to the game, we moved the ball well. We closed them down, we put them under pressure, but we just lost concentration. I think that’s where the game was [decided]. We have to now go back to the drawing board. It’s very disappointing,” Zungu told SuperSportTV.