Kamohelo Mokotjo and South Africa bowed out of the Africa Cup of Nations last night at the Quarter-Final stage. Brentford midfield player Kamohelo has been part of the South Africa squad at the tournament and his country caused a massive upset when they beat the hosts Egypt in the last 16. But they could not repeat the feat last night and were knocked out by Nigeria.
Kamohelo played the full 90 minutes in the game, his fifth appearances – and fourth start – of the tournament and his 20th international appearance overall. Nigeria went ahead in the first half and had the better of the game, but South Africa hit back and equalised inside the final 20 minutes through Bongani Zungo. The goal was initially ruled out for offside but given after the intervention of the Video Assistant Referee.
The game may have been set for extra time, but Nigeria won it late on. The winning goal was bundled in by William Troost-Ekong inside the final two minutes. The Udinese defender – who had a trial with Brentford as a teenager, playing for the Development Squad in a snow-hit game against Ipswich Town – broke South Africa hearts and took Nigeria in to the last four.
South Africa’s exit ended Brentford involvement in the competition. Julian Jeanvier and Guinea also made the knock-out stages but were beaten at the weekend It also ends Brentford’s international action for the season.