Bafana players hopeful after Afcon

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Criticised by some but praised in certain quarters, Bafana Bafana and RC Strasbourg striker Lebo Mothiba is taking some positives from this 2019 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament.

The French based striker finished this tournament without scoring a goal but did provide an assist to Thembinkosi Lorch during the famous 1-0 win over hosts Egypt in the last 16.

Speaking to SABC Sport journalist Velile Mnyandu after the 2-1 loss to Nigeria in the quarterfinals on Wednesday night, Mothiba says mental strength is key at the AFCON.

Before Wednesday night’s loss, Cape Town City captain and right-back Thamsanqa Mkhize was one of the outstanding players for Bafana in the tournament.

But he was taken to the cleaners by the speedy Ahmed Musa in this game, especially on counterattacks.

He looks back at what was also his maiden AFCON tournament.

Bafana midfielder Bongani Zungu finished the tournament with two goals and was a top goal scorer for the team after having scored the winner against Namibia as well.

His goal which was approved by the VAR last night was unfortunately cancelled by the late winner of William Ekong. The Amiens FC player says lapse of concentration killed Bafana’s hopes.

At some stage it looked like Zungu’ chances of playing at this AFCON were remote but he managed to rehabilitate in time for squad selection after having been sidelined by the long term injury this past season.

What is the former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder taking from this tournament. – Report by Velile Mnyandu