It’s Nigeria, South Africa as Bafana Bafana shock Pharaohs 1-0

It’s Nigeria, South Africa as Bafana Bafana shock Pharaohs 1-0

Their record at home in the competition is formidable with three triumphs in four editions as hosts, but Baxter feels South Africa can use the Egyptian support in their favour.

Mohamed Salah of Egypt jumps a tackle from Dean Furman of South Africa during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Round of 16 match between Egypt and South Africa at Cairo International Stadium.

Before throwing in the towel, Hany sacked the Pharoahs coach Javier Aguirre, who was on the touchline on the terrible night.

While many expected the host to go all the way, Aguirre's Egypt were left stunned on Saturday as they lost 1-0 to South Africa in Cairo.

"We were a bit naïve in the match against Morocco (SA lost 1-0), we lacked mobility", said Mokoena who amassed 107 worldwide caps for South Africa.

Egypt had been tipped as leading title contenders on home soil but came unstuck against a South African team that only scraped through into the knockout phase via the last of four spots reserved for the best third-place sides.

Odion Ighalo gave Nigeria a 19th-minute lead but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession before half-time from Stéphane Bahoken and Clinton Njié.

"It was a hard job they had but they did it very well and the support they got was very good".

"I think we succeeded in [doing] that". We have nothing to lose and playing these kinds of big matches should be motivation enough for the boys.

"But we had a plan, and I think our plan worked because the coach told us "you must press them high".

"The good thing is that we know that there won't be another game after this game should we lose, so it is a do or die match".

The decision had been "a moral obligation" said the Egyptian FA in a statement after "disappointing Egypt's supporters" in a 1-0 defeat to South Africa, adding that all board members had been invited to resign.

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