Niger coach Harowna Doulla admits his team were outclassed following their 2-0 loss to SouthÂ Africa in a 2012 AFCON qualifier on Saturday.
Bafana Bafana eased to victory at Nelspruitâ€™s Mbombela Stadium thanks to goals by KatlegoÂ Mphela (12) and Bernard Parker (48).
And Doulla, who previously criticised Bafanaâ€™s â€œpoor defenceâ€, was full of praises for PitsoÂ Mosimaneâ€™s men after the match.
â€œBafana Bafana were too good for us. The intention from our side was to make sure thatÂ Bafana donâ€™t score against us and we were hoping to surprise them but they were too good,â€Â said Doulla.
â€œI think playing in the World Cup did South Africa a lot of good and perhaps weÂ underestimated that. We struggled to put a team together, but South Africa are showing someÂ continuation.â€
Doulla further revealed his reasons for using a defensive 4-5-1 formation on the night.
â€œWe wanted to make sure that the Bafana strikers were frustrated while we searched for aÂ surprise goal but the number 17 (Mphela) was a lot of trouble for us, because he is too fastÂ and strong on the ball,â€ he said.
â€œThe South African players are very skilful and you could see that we were outplayed inÂ midfield, because they are just skilful.
â€œI have to say that South Africa played well in this match and deserved to win. We triedÂ everything, like changing the tactics in the second half, but they were too good,â€ DoullaÂ concluded.