A late cleanly taken second-half goal by South African attacker Lorch was enough to knock out host and favourite for the cup, Egypt from the 2019 AFCON cup finals on Saturday night in Cairo.
With the game still deadlocked, Egypt threw players forward, allowing striker Thembinkosi Lorch to strick on the counter after 85 minutes.
Mahmoud Trezeguet had the hosts’ best chance, but he fired at the goalkeeper.
Egypt have followed holders Cameroon out of the tournament, while South Africa will return to Cairo to play Nigeria in the last eight on Wednesday.
Before the game, Bafana Bafana coach Stuart Baxter spoke about causing an Egyptian “national disaster”, and his team played with an intensity to match their game plan from the first whistle.
The visitors frustrated Egypt by remaining in their shape while showing attacking intent at the other end as the impressive Percy Lau pulled the strings.
With agency report