Mohamed Salah has apologized to supporters of Egypt in the aftermath of their elimination from the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The Pharaohs were defeated 1-0 by South Africa on Saturday evening, courtesy of an 85th-minute strike by Thembinkosi Lorch.
Having been touted as favorites to claim the showpiece, the fans have to live with the disappointment of the nation’s early elimination.
Taking to his Twitter account, Salah empathized with supporters before revealing his personal disappointment as well.
“Very sad by our early elimination from the Africa Cup of Nations,” Salah said in the tweet.
“It was our desire to continue the journey together and win the cup for our loyal fans. I need to thank them for the usual support and we will learn from the mistakes that we made.
“Good luck to Egypt in the future.”
Having failed to claim success at the finals, Egypt will have to wait a while longer to claim their eighth Afcon crown, and a first since 2010.
Javier Aguirre, as well as his coaching staff, was relieved of his duties hours after the host nation’s exit.
Egyptian Football Association (EFA) President Hany Abou-Rida also stepped down after Saturday’s defeat.