Sensational Bafana Bafana stun AFCON hosts Egypt

Salah misses Egypt training with illness Read Liverpool • By Luke Osman

South Africa completed another upset in the Round of Sixteen at the Africa Cup of Nations when they eliminated hosts Egypt 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday night.

Bafana Bafana managed to get a last 16 spot in the tournament even after losing two games in the group stages against Morocco and Ivory Coast.

Egypt are the host nation this year and with the match set to go ahead in Cairo, Bafana Bafana boss Stuart Baxter believes the pressure is on them.

Egypt started the match strongly and threatened through the likes of Mohamed Salah and Mahmoud "Trezeguet" Hassan.

The frustration of Egypt, who scored all five group goals before half-time, was mirrored in the angry reaction of Salah when a free-kick was awarded against him.

South Africa, on the other hand, only qualified from their group for being the best ranked third-placed side.

Egypt state that manager Javier Aguirre has opted to leave Salah out of his team's session to ensure that his "condition will not worsen", with reports indicating that he is suffering from illness.

"We need more leadership in that team, we need the boys to go out there and stop hiding behind that "the coach said we must play like that".

"Knowing the Egyptian people, knowing their passion for football, knowing their expectations are very high, knowing that they have some great players, I believe that the pressure would be more on them".

Egypt eased into the knockout stages with three wins from three but have yet to hit top gear in their quest for a record-extending eighth Cup of Nations title. If we can do that and the crowd become a little bit impatient, the players will feel that on the field. South Africa will now meet Nigeria in the quarter-finals after the Super Eagles claimed a thrilling 3-2 win over Cameroon earlier on Saturday.

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