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Tshabalala apologises to Bafana fans

Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala has apologised to fans after the team's CHAN defeat.

FILE: Bafana Bafana midfielder Siphiwe Tshabalala. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Bafana Bafana player Siphiwe Tshabalala has apologised to South Africa after Bafana's limp exit from the 2014 Orange African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Despite only needing a draw to progress, Bafana Bafana were outplayed and out-muscled by Nigeria in their final group game on Sunday, going down 3-1 to the Super Eagles. The loss saw the tournament hosts fall at the first hurdle by exiting the tournament before the knockout stage.

Bafana and Kaizer Chiefs midfielder Tshabalala apologised for the early exit.

"It is very disappointing that we are out of the tournament being the hosts. We were hoping to advance to the quarter-finals and go all the way to the finals. So we are very disappointed that we lost to Nigeria. They had their chances and took them, we did our best in terms of creating scoring chances but their goalkeeper was one of the best players on the park and denied us numerous times. We are not happy that we conceded three goals," said Tshabalala.

"Personally I would like to apologise to the nation on behalf of the team for not going through. We did everything we could but it was not good enough on the day. We took the game to them, attacked them very well but they were solid. They got one move and they punished us, and then the penalty killed us."

The 86-cap veteran said the players, just like the nation, are hurting over the results.

"It is very sad that we find ourselves here, but we have to move on and be strong mentally. It is always disappointing when we don't deliver, especially with the nation rallying behind us. We cannot point fingers at anybody but we need to forge ahead. Hopefully we will be a better team going forward," added the midfielder."