Ramahlwe Mphahlele and Thembinkosi Lorch of South Africa during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations Finals last 16 match between Egypt and South Africa at Cairo International Stadium, Cairo, Egypt on 06 July 2019 ©Samuel Shivambu/BackpagePix
Monday Jul 08, 2019. 14:00
South African winger Thembinkosi Lorch has admitted that the stunned silence which greeted his goal against Egypt on Saturday night made him doubt he had hit the back of the net.
Lorch stuck an 85th minute winner to see Bafana Bafana defeat 2019 Africa Cup of Nations hosts Egypt 1-0 in a last 16 clash in Cairo this past weekend.
"Ja‚ hey‚ I was shocked hey. I thought it wasn't a goal‚" Lorch said afterwards, as quoted by Times Live.
"Normally when you score people are celebrating. But it shows that we obviously didn't have our support here.
"But we had to make our supporters at home proud. Ja‚ and I'm happy.
"Like I said before the game‚ I was worried about my match fitness. If you saw‚ I was cramping.
"But the confidence is still there. And‚ ja I just needed the minutes to play."
The Orlando Pirates attacker dedicated his goal to the fans.
"It means a lot. Especially for the supporters. That one was for the supporters‚" he added.
"Because they were always supporting me. Even my family at home. Even my late brother. It was for him."
Bafana Bafana will now face Nigeria in a quarterfinal clash in Cairo on Wednesday evening.