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Zungu hails Bafana Bafana's resounding performance against Nigeria

11:53 AM GMT 11/06/2017
Bradley Carnell
South Africa defied the odds and beat Nigeria 2-0 in a 2019 Afcon qualifier in Uyo on Saturday

Bafana Bafana midfielder  Bongani Zungu says the secret to their historic victory over the Super Eagles was to remain disciplined throughout the game.

"We were up against a good team. Nigeria has some quality stars, but we played [according] to instructions. We communicated with each other and the outcome was there for all to see," Zungu told the media .

The Portugal-based midfielder together with Dean Furman took control of the midfield and suffocated the Nigerians. 

"We were compact in the opening 20 minutes, but once we realised we can open them up, we went for the jugular," Zungu said.

Zungu believes they need to be credited for remaining level-headed, especially in the opening quarters of the first half when they were under pressure from the Super Eagles.

"I think in the end, the team need to be complimented for remaining level-headed, especially in the opening minutes of the first half when they tried to put numbers upfront searching for that opening goal, and when Dolly released Percy Tau for the killer second goal, it was all over and could have scored a glut of goals thereafter, but all in all, this was a fantastic win for the team," Zungu said.

The former Mamelodi Sundowns midfielder also praised the back-four led by captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

"They were disciplined and outstanding. That is what wins your away games; a solid defence especially in the opening minutes. Our guys never gave anythging away, but Keagan Dolly and Dean [Furman] also helped mop up the defence when they needed numbers," Zungu continued.

The 24-year-old, who made a long awaited return since playing Angola in the preliminary round of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers in November 2015, was happy to be back in the fold and seeks to continue making the country proud.

"I am so excited with the result; this was a collective team effort; it is nice to bring happiness to the country," Zungu concluded.