Thembinkosi’s goal was all that was required to sink Egypt and end their African Nations Cup AFCON dream of 2019, even as the host country.
The phenomenal Bafana Bafana victory has now dashed the Pharaoh’s aspirations.
Bafana Bafana head coach Stuart Baxter has heaped praise on Thembinkokosi Lorch and the rest of the players for well-executing their game plan following their elimination of 7-time champions and hosts Egypt last night.
Lorch’s 85th minute sucker punch was all South Africa needed to produce arguably the biggest shock at AFCON 2019 so far and coach Baxter could not hide his extolment for his charges.
“They worked really hard. We had a game plan (on) how we would try to stop the supply to Salah and Trezeguet,” Baxter told journalists after the game.
“I think we succeeded in doing that. It meant that their best players did not influence the game.” he added.
Bafana will now meet Nigeria in the last 8 with a place in the semi-finals up for grabs.