CHAN 2014: South Africa’s coach says Nigeria deserves victory

The Bafana Bafana lost to the Super Eagles in Sunday’s duel.

The head coach of Bafana Bafana, Gordon Igesund, on Sunday in Cape Town said the Super Eagles deserved their 3-1 win against his team.

The coach said at the post-match news conference that “the Nigerian side not only brought their physical approach to bear on my team, but did the needful to win the pulsating encounter’’.

The Super Eagles won their final Group A match at the ongoing 2014 African Nations Championship, CHAN, in South Africa.

The win meant hosts South Africa exited the championship with four points from three matches, after Mali topped the group with seven points and Nigeria came second with six points.

Igesund also said he felt satisfied with the work he had been doing with the Bafana Bafana team. He said that he was not under pressure by the threat of a sack by the South African football authorities, SAFA.

Meanwhile, Stephen Keshi, the Super Eagles coach, hailed the performance put up by his team’s goalkeeper, Chigozie Agbim.

“It was a man-of-the-match performance he put in for the team,’’ he said.

Keshi said the goalkeeper had learnt from his previous mistakes and made amends in the keenly-contested match against the hard-fighting South Africans.

“We all make mistakes and I believe that Agbim has learnt from his past mistakes, and I want to also commend all the players for putting up a good performance in the match,’’ he said.

(NAN)

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