Bafana Bafana had a good record against Ivory Coast in the past, but that didn't matter when the latter international team won 1-0 at Al-Salam Stadium in Cairo on Monday afternoon.
The South Africans paid Ivory Coast too much respect for over an hour, employing a very defensive approach and hardly expressed their forward playing abilities.
In this Twitter reaction piece, we first bring you social media posts of how excited the South African football fraternity were before the game. We have videos of the changerooms and the national team. We also take a look at South Africa's superfan Botha Msila getting ready for the match.
During the game, the highlight for Bafana was when their keeper Ronwen Williams made an outstanding save to stop Jonathan Kodjia's point-blank strike in the first half. Twitter fans went on to congratulate coach Stuart Baxter for bravely starting Williams ahead of Darren Keet.
However, when presented with another opportunity, Kodjia didn't mess around in the 64th minute. The complaints started to flow in by frustrated South African followers.
At the same time, Ivory Coast and neutral fans started to praise one of the tournament's favourites. They were also amazed that Wilfried Zaha didn't start the game, pointing at CIV's strength in depth.
You can follow all the reactions below:
Today while u are starting AFCON 2019 journey carrying dreams of millions of football loving South Africans&thousands of stakeholders of our game on your shoulders rest assured that all our prayers are with u as we have trust,confidence&believe that u will make country proud..... pic.twitter.com/g7HG2TGobd— MICHOcoach-WOLF OF SERBIA (@michocoach) June 24, 2019
From Rocklands in Mangaung to Cairo, get a seat & rub shoulders.. Who said it was impossible? He is Botha Maila... I’m proud of this chap! https://t.co/Iw91MXCeck— Thato Matuka (@thatomatuka) June 24, 2019
Let’s Go #BafanaBafana 🤗🤗— Amanda toki Dlamini (@Amanda_Dlamini9) June 24, 2019
I have a good feeling about this squad 👊🏻
What a save Williams 👏👏🇿🇦 #AFCON2019— Janine Van Wyk (@Janinevanwyk5) June 24, 2019
Stuart Baxter vindicated in his selection of Williams ahead of Keet.— Chad Klate (@CKlatey) June 24, 2019
Any doubts still?
Ronnie you beauty!!!! What a save!— Michael Morton (@MMORTON6) June 24, 2019
Great effort from Pepe. Crossbar from a freekick, and that was inches away. Nearly a beauty.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 24, 2019
#Bafana come close. Lovely dink from Hlanti, Tyson not too far away.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) June 24, 2019
Better from them, very structured so far.
Kodjia puts Cote Di" Ivore ahead after a counter that left Furman out of position— Marks Maponyane (@MarksMaponyane) June 24, 2019
Nice cross from Gradel to Kodjia. 1-0 to #cotedivoire— James Nalton (@JDNalton) June 24, 2019
Bafana are now intimidated by these Ivory Coast guys.— Let’s talk about Six, Baby (@_Dubani) June 24, 2019
Zaha finally on for Ivory Coast— Matt (@Mattlfc66) June 24, 2019
They ended up at a good price before they took the lead
They should be starting Pepe and Zaha
Honestly thought Ivory Coast would play better than this. Should be leading by 3 now— Yaya (@peaches_jen) June 24, 2019
Franck Kessie (Ivory Coast) attempted to pick out a free teammate inside the box, but Ronwen Williams comes off the line to clear the ball away #AFCONikoKBC— Mr waddis The Brand (@kipronoenock) June 24, 2019
One of the better Bafana performances I have seen- considering the madness of Ivory Coast ( Nicholas Pepe, Seri, Aurier Baily(questionable) and Zaha who they brought on in the 60th just to flex...— Benji Hartman (@benji7611) June 24, 2019