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AFCON: We played better than Nigeria, defeat hard to take — S’Africa coach


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The head coach of the Bafana Bafana of South Africa Hugo Broos had admitted that their defeat to Nigeria was a big disappointment.

The 1996 champions lost to Nigeria’s Super Eagles in a highly electrified penalty shootout on Wednesday after the regulation time ended 1-1.

Broos while reacting to their defeat said they played a good game against Nigeria, adding that he was proud of his team.

“Football can be hard sometimes, when you look at the performance of my team today (Wednesday), and then there were the penalty kicks. Then you lose the penalty shootout and you are not in the finals.

“It’s hard to accept that, because we played a 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.

“In the second half, they had few chances which resulted in a goal and we changed something tactically, and we came back,” he said.

He insisted that his team created more chances, adding that if they had scored, they would have been in the final and not Nigeria.

“It’s a big disappointment for everyone, and we believe we played a very good game, not just today but throughout the tournament.

“I’m proud of my players. The disappointment is in not being in the final, but the pride is in having performed well,” he said.

South Africa will now face DR Congo in the third-place playoff on Saturday.


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