Nigeria will take on South Africa in the quarter-final of this year's Africa Cup of Nations.
The dream of winning the 8th African Cup of Nations title on home soil however crumbled before their own eyes.
Egypt suffered a shocking elimination from the tournament before over 75,000 fans, falling 1-0 to South Africa at the Cairo International Stadium on Saturday, 6th July 2019.
"We were a bit naïve in the match against Morocco (SA lost 1-0), we lacked mobility", said Mokoena who amassed 107 global caps for South Africa.
Odion Ighalo gave Nigeria a 19th-minute lead but Cameroon hit back with two goals in quick succession before half-time from Stéphane Bahoken and Clinton Njié.
Bafana Bafana scored just once in an unimpressive group stage campaign that featured a 1-0 win over Namibia and defeats to Cote d'Ivoire and Morocco by the same scoreline.
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"If Egypt did get past that line, then we had to drop quickly and establish a compact block and I think that we did very well too".
The Mexican believes the pressure being put on the hosts to win the tournament for an eighth time is huge.
"Challenging the players and showing them the movements we wanted to make was something we fixed. In the first three games, they were good", the former Mexico national team coach said after the match in Cairo.
Egypt's star man Mo Salah is crestfallen after defeat by South Africa.
"Against the home nation, that may all fall to the ground if they overwhelm us, but I don't think that is going to happen".
Both teams finished second in their groups and had not been in the best of form and it showed with an abundance of defensive mistakes but there was also much to admire in an end-to-end match.