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Gordon Igesund has praised the spirit that his boys showed despite losing 2-1 to Ethiopia in Addis Ababa on Sunday afternoon

Bafana coach Gordon Igesund has congratulated Ethiopia following their 2-1 win over the South African national team on Sunday afternoon.

Ethiopia ended Bafana’s dream to Brazil next year, and they will now compete in the playoffs after finishing top of Group A with a game to go, but Igesund believes his boys gave it their all.

“First of all, I think I have to congratulate Ethiopia for the tough game we had today. The crowd was magnificent, but having said that it couldn’t have been more than what we had done,” said Igesund after the match.

Igesund added that Ethiopia had no place hide whenever Bafana launched their attacks, but he believes that they were unlucky to score an own goal and eventually lose the game.  

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“We took the game to them in all the departments. I think we were unlucky. In the first half we had one or two good chances and then the ball comes in and Bernard Parker scores an accidental, miracle goal,” he said.

The Bafana mentor praised his players and he admitted that they played their hearts out against the Walia Antelopes.  

“I can't take anything away from the players. Anybody watching the game will know that South Africa played with their hearts and gave everything they had. We tried to get the equaliser, but at the end of the day Ethiopia won the game,” said Igesund.

However, Igesund admitted the disappointments, but he believes that only one team had to walk away with maximum points.

“Obviously we are disappointed, but maybe it was a hurdle just too high for us. We have to be proud of the boys. There had to be a winner and it was Ethiopia today,” added Igesund.

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