Defeat to Nigeria hard to take, says South Africa Coach


The head coach of South Africa, Hugo Broos, believes his team performed admirably against Nigeria in Wednesday’s semi-final match, despite their 4-2 loss on penalties in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast

Despite coming back from a goal down to force penalties, the Bafana Bafana ultimately lost.

In response to their loss, Broos said his team performed significantly better and should have won.

“Football can be hard sometimes, when you see the performance of my team today, and then there is penalties, and then you lose the penalties and you are not in the finals, it’s hard to accept that because we play very good game today.

“I think we were the best team in the first half, we got the best chances, Nigeria didn’t have any chance. Second half they have few chances which resulted in a goal and we changed something tactically, and we could comeback,” he said.

He added, “We created more chances which means if we had scored, we would have been in the final and not Nigeria.

The Belgian tactician hailed his team for what has been a great tournament for them.

“It’s a big disappointment for everyone, we believe we played a very good game, not just today but throughout the tournament. I’m proud of my players, the disappointment is this but the proudness is that,” he concluded.

On Saturday, February 10, South Africa will play D.R. Congo, which fell to hosts Ivory Coast in the second semi-final.