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Evidence Makgopa 'had a sleepless night' before Bafana Bafana heroics

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Evidence Makgopa celebrates scoring against Uganda for Bafana Bafana (Press Association)
Evidence Makgopa celebrates scoring against Uganda for Bafana Bafana (Press Association)

Evidence Makgopa was delighted with his two goals as Bafana Bafana defeated Uganda 3-2 in an international friendly on Thursday.

Ibrahim Orit opened the scoring at the Orlando Stadium for the away side on the 17th-minute mark before Makgopa levelled with his first goal just after the hour mark.

Bongokuhle Hlongwane then put South Africa ahead with 67 minutes played as Makgopa looked to put the result beyond doubt with seven minutes of the match remaining, ahead of an 89th-minute consolation goal from Abdul Lumala.

Reflecting on the game, Baroka player, who came on as a second-half substitute to make his debut, told FARPost, it felt "like a dream".

"To be honest, I had a sleepless night (last night) because my heart was full of joy.

"Although it feels like a dream, I knew this will happen if I were to be given a chance at Bafana."

Makgopa added: "I told myself that 'just be yourself boy, you can do this, now it's time to show the nation that you are a real deal'.

"Everyone was happy for me in camp, I honestly enjoyed every minute at Bafana Bafana, and I will cherish that moment forever."

Meanwhile, Bafana Bafana will only return to action in September when the 2022 World Cup qualifiers kick-off as they face Zimbabwe and Ghana.

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