Bafana Bafana coach Hugo Broos has admitted that Congo DR were the better side in their third-place playoff but he hailed the spirit of his players, saying they deserved to take the bronze medal.
South Africa beat DRC 6-5 on penalties after the game had ended 0-0 in 90 minutes, with Ronwen Williams once again becoming the hero after saving two spot-kicks in the shootout.
After the match, Broos – who guided Mzansi to their first medal in 24 years – hailed the mentality of his group.
“I said after the last game against Nigeria that I was so proud of that team and I think everybody saw today why I am so proud,” he told journalists.
“This was an exhausted team of South Africa, we played two games 120 minutes, two times with penalties.
“We played against opponents who had one day more rest than we had, you have the climate… And you saw today that we were not fresh.
“But when you see the mentality in that group, they fight for the last second of the game. They were players who nearly felt from fatigue, but still they went on.
“I think that makes today win and deserve that win.”
Broos also admitted that Congo were the better side but insisted the fighting spirit of his team got them a deserved medal.
“When you see the game, Congo were better than us. Congo had more chances than us,” he added.
“I’m honest, that’s what I saw. But again if you fight like my players did today, I think they deserve it and again I’m very proud of them.”
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