Scot man, Stuart Baxter who on record became the only coach of South Africa to have led a team to beat Super Eagles, was a sad man after Nigeria eliminated his side to advance to the semi finals of the Africa Cup of Nations.
He had twice led South Africa to be Nigeria 2-1 and 2-0 respectively in 2004 and 2017. Nigeria’s victory on Wednesday was the first time he bowed for Nigeria.
At the post match conference, he praised his players but was not just saddened by the loss to Nigeria, but also the timing of the winning goal.
“The match was very hard for both teams but the timing of the winning goal for Nigeria will take me a long time to forget because we are playing well and ready for another upset if the match had gone into extra time which was what we were hoping for.
“Any goal from set piece can be or not be but when the goal was score, it looks over for my team and the dream which started one and a half years again ended in a dramatic fashion and now we have to check out and go back home.