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South Africa’s Hugo Broos: Football can hurt sometimes, we deserved to win

South Africa coach Hugo Broos spoke on his side’s elimination in the semi finals of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations to Nigeria.

The Bafana Bafana lost on penalties to the Super Eagles on Wednesday evening in Bouake after the 1-1 stalemate in 120 minutes.

Broos expressed the disappointment in the result.

“Football can be hard sometimes, when you see the performance of my team today, and then there is penalties, and then you lose the penalties 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.

“Second half they have few chances which resulted in a goal and we changed something tactically, and we could comeback,” he said.

He added,” We created more chances which means if we had scored, we would have been in the final and not Nigeria.

The Belgian tactician hailed his team for what has been a great tournament for them.

“It’s a big disappointment for everyone, we believe we played a very good game, not just today but throughout the tournament.  I’m proud of my players, the disappointment is this but the proudness is that,” he concluded.

South Africa will now face D.R Congo in the third place playoff on Saturday, February 10




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