Afterwards, Egyptian Football Association (EFA) president Hany Abou-Rida announced his resignation and confirmed the departure of the entire technical and administrative staff.
Despite his resignation, Abou-Rida – who also called for members of the board to step down – said he will continue in his position as head of the organising committee of the 2019 AFCON.
Egypt appointed Mexican boss Aguirre following their group-stage exit at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.
“I am the one responsible [for Egypt’s exit],” Aguirre said at the post-match news conference.
“I’m responsible for all the selections and the end results, but I’m still proud of this group of players.”
Aguirre, who has managed the likes of Mexico, Japan and Atletico Madrid in his long tenure as a coach, seemed resigned to his fate as well.
“The next step will be decided after I meet with the Egyptian FA board tomorrow,” he said following the match, though the decision was apparently taken to part ways prior to any meeting on Sunday.
And the manager believes the game was decided by his side’s inability to put away their scoring chances against Bafana Bafana.
“The game was open and witnessed scoring chances; the only difference was that South Africa scored a goal that helped them to qualify.