Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter admitted it was tough to find positives after conceding a goal in the dying stages of the game.
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South Africa's Africa Cup of Nations campaign came to an end on Wednesday evening after suffering a 2-1 defeat to Nigeria in Cairo.
The encounter looked to be heading for extra-time before defender William Troost-Ekong netted the winner for the Super Eagles with one minutes remaining.
"It's difficult when you've lost in the dying minutes, it's difficult to find positives. I'm sure that in one week's time I will find some positives. At this moment I'm finding it very difficult," Baxter said at the post-match press conference.
"I thought in the first half we weren't brave enough to get on the ball in tight spaces and to press higher.
"In the second half, we tried to do that better and we managed to get a more mobile possession which gave Nigeria more problems, but we still couldn't find that last strike on goal to get there. Nigeria were always dangerous. They were really well organised, they had good players.
"But congrats to Gernot [Rohr] and his team, I'm sure they'll be one of the teams fighting for the trophy at the end."