Playing in their own backyard and desperate for a win at all costs to avoid the embarrassing prospect of missing the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations, the Egyptians appeared to fall easily in and around the box.
However, Tunisian referee Slim Jedidi was on the ball and did not give away soft spot-kicks, and as a result has earned Mosimane’s respect.
“I respect him because he was fair, but also I must say we have clever players like Morgan [Gould], who go shoulder to shoulder,” Mosimane says.
“I was very, very afraid when they were falling in the box, but the referee was spot on with his decisions,” he admits.
Mosimane has also heaped praise on his boys for a gallant fight.
“We have a brave team and they help each other. One player was playing for another player … this is a good team.
"It is unbelievable to have brave boys like these playing for each other. You saw Katlego Mphela mark Hosni [Abd Rabou] in midfield and you see ‘Yeye’ [Reneilwe Letsholonyane] helping Anele [Ngcongca] all the time. I’m very happy,” Mosimane says.