BREAKING: AFCON: Super Eagles advance to final, win 4-2 on penalties


The Super Eagles of Nigeria will face off against South Africa’s Bafana Bafana at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Ivory Coast, in a crucial match for a final spot in the ongoing African Cup of Nations.


Nigeria’s performance in the AFCON has brought the Super Eagles within reach of the final as they strive to secure their fourth AFCON trophy.

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In the line-up against South Africa, the head coach, Jose Peseiro, only made one change in the squad that faced Angola, with Osayi-Samuel replacing Zaidu.

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Egyptian referee Amin Mohamed Omar will officiate the match.

The Eagles line-up vs South Africa below:


23. Stanley Nwabali


5. Troost Ekong


6. Semi Ajayi

21. Calvin Bassey


2. Ola Aina


8. Frank Onyeka


17. Alex Iwobi


12. Osayi-Samuel


18. Ademola Lookman


15. Moses Simon

9. Victor Osimhen

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120+2′ The referee stops play so that a substitution can be made and Kenneth Omeruo (Nigeria) comes onto the pitch for Bright Osayi-Samuel.
120′ The fourth official shows 2 min. of added time.
120′ The referee gives a yellow card to William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria).
120′ The resulting corner from Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria) is cleared by the defence.
119′ Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) fires a shot at goal from a very promising position outside the penalty area, but it is blocked by a self-sacrificing defender. The ball is out of play. Nigeria will have a chance to score from a corner.
118′ Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria) fires in a promising strike from the free kick just outside the penalty area. His nice effort flies towards the middle of the goal but is denied by Ronwen Williams, who pulls off a comfortable save!

113′ Referee Amin Mohamed Omar makes the VAR signal and is going to check whether it’s a penalty for Nigeria. Let’s see what happens!

112′ There’s a melee in the box, but the referee isn’t interested in the appeals from Nigeria for a penalty. Play continues.
110′ Substitution. Terem Moffi (Nigeria) receives a signal from the referee and is now allowed to enter the pitch as Victor Osimhen walks off.
108′ Teboho Mokoena (South Africa) takes the corner but only sends it into a huddle of the defenders and one of them makes a good clearance.
106′ Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) jumps for a cross and produces a fine header from near the penalty spot, but it goes a whisker over the bar! What a huge opportunity!
105′ We will have 1 min. of added time.
102′ Jose Peseiro has decided to substitute Ademola Lookman and he is replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho (Nigeria).
102′ A substitution has been made. Frank Onyeka goes off and Joe Aribo (Nigeria) comes on.
101′ The foul by Frank Onyeka (Nigeria) is worthy of a card and a yellow is duly shown by Amin Mohamed Omar.
101′ Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) shoots from the edge of the penalty area. The ball travels towards the bottom right corner, but Ronwen Williams easily deals with the threat.
100′ A corner kick by South Africa is thwarted by the well prepared Stanley Nwabili (Nigeria).100′ Evidence Makgopa (South Africa) attempts to find his teammate with a pass from outside the box, but the opposition’s defence is quick to react and thwarts the attack. South Africa have been awarded a corner kick.
99′ Ademola Lookman (Nigeria) trips an opposition player and Amin Mohamed Omar signals a foul.
95′ Sphephelo Sithole (South Africa) brings an opponent down and Amin Mohamed Omar interrupts the game.
94′ A snapshot by Teboho Mokoena (South Africa) from a distance flies well wide of the right post. The ball goes out of play, and Nigeria will have a goal kick.
93′ Ademola Lookman (Nigeria) runs onto the ball inside the box and smashes it towards the bottom left
corner. It’s a great effort but an even better save from Ronwen Williams, who tips the ball around the post.
91′ Samuel Chukwueze (Nigeria) is penalised after knocking an opponent down.
91′ Referee Amin Mohamed Omar has started the first period of extra time.


90+6′ Khuliso Mudau (South Africa) has a great chance inside the box following a rebound off a defender, but somehow he gets underneath the ball and it flies high over the bar. The ball goes out of play and Nigeria will have a goal kick.
90+6′ Evidence Makgopa (South Africa) beats the defender to the lofted pass inside the box, but can’t control his shot and it flashes high over the bar. The ball is off of the pitch and it’s a goal kick for Nigeria.
90′ 6 min. of stoppage-time to be played.
90′ 1 – 1 Goal! Teboho Mokoena (South Africa) wins the battle of wills and sends an unstoppable penalty past Stanley Nwabili into the bottom left corner.
89′ Teboho Mokoena (South Africa) will take the responsibility and he is already preparing the ball.

88′ Here comes the VAR verdict. NO GOAL for Nigeria due to a foul in the build-up play.

87′ Hold on! There’s a VAR review to see whether there was an infringement in the build up to the goal. The referee is checking now. The Nigeria players aren’t happy.


85′ 2 – 0 Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) scores as he latches on to a pass inside the penalty box and fires a perfect low strike, which goes inside the left post.

84′ Ademola Lookman (Nigeria) dribbles into the box, but Ronwen Williams is quick enough to come off his line and stop him.
82′ Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) fouls an opponent. At least that’s what referee Amin Mohamed Omar signals.
82′ Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) fouls an opponent. At least that’s what referee Amin Mohamed Omar signals.
82′ Teboho Mokoena (South Africa) makes an overly-aggressive challenge and Amin Mohamed Omar blows his whistle for a foul.
81′ Stanley Nwabili (Nigeria) has picked up a minor injury, but it looks like he will be able to continue.
80′ Stanley Nwabili (Nigeria) is clearly asking for some medical attention with his painful gestures. The extent of his injury is yet to be discovered.
79′ Percy Tau (South Africa) sends the ball into the penalty area from a free kick a few yards outside the box. The cross is good, but the goalkeeper shows himself in a good light as he leaps high to intercept the ball.
79′ An opponent rises to his feet after being downed by Alhassan Yusuf (Nigeria). Amin Mohamed Omar saw the sliding tackle and blows for a foul. South Africa have a free kick.

Cooling break…

76′ Hugo Broos decides to make a substitution. Siyanda Xulu will be replaced by Mihlali Mayambela (South Africa).
75′ Evidence Makgopa (South Africa) lets fly with a decent effort from the edge of the box that flashes just wide of the right post. The ball goes out of play and Nigeria will have a goal kick.
72′ A pass by Victor Osimhen (Nigeria) ends up in no man’s land, and the attacking effort comes to an end. The ball has crossed the sideline. South Africa are taking a throw-in.
71′ Calvin Bassey (Nigeria) attempts to send over a cross in order to find one of his teammates, but an opposition defender averts the danger by intercepting the effort.
71′ A cross from a mid-range free kick, taken by Nigeria, is intercepted by one of the defenders.
70′ Mothobi Mvala (South Africa) brings his opponent down with a tackle and Amin Mohamed Omar blows his whistle for a foul. Nigeria are awarded a free kick. Let’s see what they create from this.
68′ Percy Tau (South Africa) sends a screamer well wide of the right post from the edge of the box. The ball goes out of play and Nigeria will have a goal kick.
67′ 1 – 0 GOAL! William Troost-Ekong (Nigeria) takes a real chance, but his low driven penalty into the middle of the net fools Ronwen Williams in goal.

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