The plan was to close down Salah, Trezeguet – Zungu

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Bafana Bafana executed their game plan perfectly on Saturday night to knockout hosts Egypt in the 2019 AFCON tournament beating them 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium.

French-based midfielder Bongani Zungu says they followed the game plan to the tee and Thembinkosi Lorch’s 85th minute striker was based on Stuart Baxter’s transitional play approach.

The team is now in the quarterfinals and will meet Nigeria at the same venue on Wednesday. Zungu says the plan was to close down Liverpool star Mo Salah and Trezeguet, the Pharaohs’ dangermen in this tournament.

Zungu is calling on the team and the nation to be humble as they go forward and try to better their previous performances at this AFCON and go beyond the last eight.

Zungu has had a difficult season in France where he plays for Amiens FC in French Ligue 1, as injuries kept him out o for almost the whole season but he recovered in time just for the AFCON.

And playing in front of 75 000 spectators on Saturday, it’s conditions that the midfield enforcer from Duduza is used to.

Once again, Baxter took a dig at the team’s critics after this game and hinted that he could decide his future after this tournament. He says this was a tactical masterclass. – Report by Velile Mnyandu