AFCON 2019: Bafana Bafana stun The Pharaohs in Last 16 showdown
AFCON 2019: Bafana Bafana stun The Pharaohs in Last 16 showdown
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AFCON 2019: Bafana Bafana stun The Pharaohs in Last 16 showdown

The Round of 16 clashes are proving to be more thrilling as they progress with another upset of the day through Egypt against South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium.

Thembinkosi Lorch has become a hero overnight after he scored the cracker that sends Bafana Bafana to the quarterfinals where they will meet Nigeria's Super Eagles who beat Cameroon 3-2 through Odion Ighalo's brace and Alex Iwobi's winning goal.

However, it would be rather unfair to pick out one specific player as Stuart Baxter stood up to the plate in a collective manner to silence the critics.

Thembinkosi Lorch who had seemingly been subbed from the starting lineup in previous games struggled to pick up the pace in the first few minutes of the first half, but gradually found his game and proved to be the difference. 

Bongani Zungu and Dean Furman produced a quality team effort in the midfield for large parts of the game and the duo showcased the much-needed passion. 

A couple of early efforts from Percy Tau signalled true attacking intent for the first time in the tournament for Bafana, with Mohamed Salah misfiring in between.

However, it wasn't to be Salah's game as the frustration continued to mount with no signs of goals behind the net. 

His forward partner Trezeguet looked to continue his bright Afcon, calling Ronwen Williams into action.

He had a far better opportunity the other side of half time, only to shoot straight at the SuperSport United goalkeeper. 

The tension rose and rose inside the rocking stadium bowl, with Thulani Hlatshwayo rising to head agonizingly wide at the far post.

Breaking with pace and tenacity, Lebo Mothiba found Lorch on his inside, who went onto down The Pharaohs who bow out of a competition they have won seven times. 

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