The South Africans were defeated 3-2 on penalties by the hosts following a 1-1 draw in regulation time. “Our boys fought well against Zimbabwe but in the end their energy levels dropped because they were too tired, I think the Monday match against Angola was a bit taxing and took a lot out of them. “Also not playing in their clubs meant their match fitness levels were not where they were supposed to be. But there were a lot of positives than negatives – players like Joseph Makhanya, Manqoba Ngwenya as well as Gladwin Shitolo showed they still have it in them to play in the big League,” said Khabo Zondo one of the joint coaches of the side. Against Zimbabwe, South Africa had taken the lead only to surrender it in the second half before the match went into a penalty shoot-out. “We are very disappointed the way the boys took the penalties, their body language was not impressive. They were too casual and did not show mental strength. But we spoke to them and they are also not happy with that, they know they should have done better – but then again maybe we should all take the blame because we did not prepare enough for such a big tournament, we need to plan better in future,” said the other coach Simon Ngomane. South Africa still has a chance for a bronze medal on Saturday when they face Mozambique who lost 2-0 to Zambia in the semifinal. “As the defending champions we could not make the Final and we are not happy with that, we really wanted to win this one. “But there is still pride to play for, and the boys must show what they are made of and I am positive we can return with a bronze medal – but only if we go there with a clear mind of doing well.” Ngomane adds. The Final is on Sunday in Harare between Zimbabwe and Zambia.