Bafana Bafana midfielder Dean Furman says Nigeria's late winner in their Africa Cup of Nations last 16 tie 'will hurt for a while'.
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Bafana bid farewell to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after suffering a 2-1 defeat to the Super Eagles on Wednesday evening.
The SuperSport United midfielder felt Bafana did not make the most of the possession when Nigeria sat back.
"They kind of sat off us in the first half and we didn't move the ball quick enough, so we didn't really hurt them enough. Then they get their goal and again they sat off and waited for us to make mistakes," Furman told SuperSport after the game.
"In the second half we decided to play higher up the pitch, we pressed them higher like we did the other night against Egypt and it worked for us, we came alive, got the goal and it seemed like there was only going to be one winner.
"It looked they [Nigeria] were tired and to get that goal at the end, that one is going to hurt for a while but we can hold our heads up, we fought out there, we fought for every ball, it could have very easily gone our way.
Furman insists the players can leave Egypt with the head held high after reaching the quarter-final stages.
"I think everyone in this team can be proud of themselves, the way they acquitted themselves, the way they came out here. We showed flashes of brilliance, especially in the last game at times tonight some of our attacking play was great again, maybe not to the level of the Egypt game," he added.
"We caused them problems without really having that final ball but the boys can go away with their head held high, hopefully from this experience Bafana Bafana is ready to mix it with the big teams on this continent."