Bongani Zungu admitted was it was disappointing to concede such a late goal as Bafana Bafana bid farewell to the Africa Cup of Nations.
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With the game seemingly headed for extra-time, William Troost-Ekong popped up with the winning goal in the 89th minute to send the Super Eagles to semi-finals at the expense of Bafana.
Zungu, who netted Bafana's equaliser, feels the South Africans suffered from a loss concentration in the latter stages of the second half.
"Very disappointing result. In the first half, we gave them a lot of respect. Second half, the coach told us to press them high and I think we did quite and were moving the ball well and I felt like we were going to score," Zungu told SuperSport after the game.
"When we scored the goal, we were in the game but unfortunately we lost concentration in the end. It's very disappointing, we are sad but I am proud of the team. We fought hard, we didn't start the tournament good but we should've won this one.
"We had our game-plan good. We had to press them high so their centre-backs don't play the diagonal balls to [Ahmed] Musa and the other winger [Samuel Chukwueze]. In the second half, we moved the ball well, we closed them down, we put the under pressure. We just lost concentration and that's where the game was for me. "
The French-based midfielder ends the campaign as Bafana's top scorer with two goals, and he feels his selection in the squad was justified.
"Personally, I think I had a good Afcon and I'm grateful because I came back from a long injury. I'm grateful that the coach called me to the squad when a lot people were questioning it and I feel I did my best," he added.
"We've got a very good team, we got some young players. The future is bright for Bafana Bafana, we need to stay positive. We look forward to more competitions and hopefully we'll learn from players and grow from this."