Blow by blow: Nigeria vs South Africa

Blow by blow: Nigeria vs South Africa

South Africa's forward Percy Tau (R) celebrates his goal with teammates Lebo Mothiba (C) and Themba Zwane (L) during the 2019 AFCON Group E qualifier football match between Libya and South Africa at Stade Taieb Mhiri in the Tunisian city of Sfax on March 24, 2019. (Photo by FETHI BELAID / AFP)

A place in the semi-finals of the African Cup of Nations will be on the line when Nigeria and South Africa go head to head.

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In what turned out to be an AFCON classic, Nigeria sealed their place in the quarter-final with a narrow 3-2 win over defending champions Cameroon.

Odion Ighalo scored twice for Nigeria who are now heavy favourites to progress to the semi-finals.

South Africa, on the other hand, eliminated hosts Egypt in what was one of the most shocking and surprising results of this tournament.

Stuart Baxter’s men beat the hosts 1-0 at the Cairo International Stadium. That one result has turned South Africa’s reputation from non-hopers to dark horses ahead of this upcoming clash with Nigeria.


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