Bafana knock Egypt out of Africa Cup of Nations

Bafana knock Egypt out of Africa Cup of Nations

Bafana knock Egypt out of Africa Cup of Nations

Egypt's Pharaohs bowed out of the AFCON 2019 after losing 0-1 to South Africa's Bafana Bafana on Saturday, July 6, at the Cairo International Stadium.

South Africa continued to try their hand at shooting on goal, with Thembinkosi Lorch and Kamohelo Mokotjo both firing shots just wide of El Shenawy's right-hand post, but the first half ended with the teams locked at 0-0. In that year, they were knocked out of the tournament by Mali.

The stunning elimination marked Egypt's worst-ever performance as hosts.

Many believe that this side is nowhere near the quality of that won three successive tournaments between 2006 and 2010.

It's also the second major surprise of this edition after Morocco lost to Benin on penalties on Friday. Even when the Pharaohs did breach their steadfast defence, Mahmoud Trezeguet was guilty of two glaring misses.

Egypt were beginning to assume more control on proceedings but creating chances was still posing a problem, and South Africa captain Thulani Hlatshwayo was only feet from finding the bottom-left corner with a header from a Lorch delivery.

Former Black Leopards head coach Dylan Kerr has urged South Africa to play without any fear against Egypt on Saturday.

Lively attacking midfielder Percy Tau proved a handful for defenders, with his twists and turns unsettling them.

The win silences Bafana's critics who accused the team of not being ambitious enough in previous games.

But he made little impact and South Africa deservedly snatched a win with five minutes remaining.

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.

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