AFCON Shocker: S/Africa eliminate Egypt to book q/final showdown with Nigeria
London, July 7, 2019 (AltAfrica)-South Africa’s Bafana Bafana shocked hosts Egypt 1-0 to reach the 2019 total AFCON quarterfinals on Saturday night.
Thembikosi Lorch scored what proved to be the game’s lone goal five minutes from time to produce on Africa Cup of Nations all time surprises.
The 1996 champions will now meet three-times champions Nigeria on Wednesday (10 July 2019) in the quarter-finals, with a place in the semifinal at stake
Earlier, Nigeria ensured there will be a new winner at the Total Africa Cup of Nations Egypt 2019 after defending champions Cameroon were sent packing by the Super Eagles of Nigeria who beat the Indomitable Lions 3-2 in an entertaining five-goal round thriller in Alexandria
Odion Ighalo struck twice with Alex Iwobi scoring the winner after Cameroon had raced from a goal down to lead 2-1 courtesy of goals from Stephen Bahoken and Clinton Njie.
Having barely scraped through the group stage as one of the best losers, virtually no one gave Bafana Bafana a chance against Mohamed Salah and teammates.
However, late into the game played in front over 50,000 Egyptian fans, South Africa did the unexpected as a well-worked move saw Lebo Mothiba stride into space and square the ball for Lorch, who kept his composure to side-foot past El-Shenawy and send his side into the last eight.
What they said
Thembinkosi Lorch (Total Man of the match)
It was a tough game against the host. We played well and scored. I believe we deserved to win and reach the next round
Javier Aguirre (Coach, Egypt)
I take full responsibility. It was a balanced game with many chances for both sides. South Africa scored and won and that’s football. They have a great defense. I’m proud of my players and satisfied with my choices. I don’t know what will happen in the future regarding my career
Stuart Baxter (Coach, South Africa)
We have a brave team that played a great game. I’m very happy we did that. We were not good in the first games but after that we gradually became better. I hope Egyptian fans don’t feel sorry, and I ask them to come and support us in the coming matches