The Super Eagles of Nigeria and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana are set to light up the Cairo International Stadium as both teams battle for a semi-final berth at the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations.
The two teams did remarkably well in their Round of 16 outings, with Nigeria ousting defending champions Cameroon while South Africa stunned the continent as they sent tournament host, Egypt, packing.
Following these big wins, many expect the quarter-final contest in Cairo to be explosive.
Though Nigeria has emerged tops in the past two AFCON meetings against South Africa, it may count for less as the Super Eagles are yet to get any victory over the Rainbow nation team in their last five games.
Super Eagles formation
While many will say you don’t alter a winning team, the Super Eagles coach has tweaked the team that defeated Cameroon over the weekend.
Daniel Akpeyi is still in goal, with Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong lining up as the centre backs.
However, fit-again SC Paderborn 07 star Jamilu Collins will be making his Africa Cup of Nations debut at left-back and Chidozie Awaziem retains his place at right-back, his fourth consecutive start at the tournament.
The three-man midfield comprises of Oghenekaro Etebo, Wilfred Ndidi, and Alex Iwobi.
In the attack, Odion Ighalo is paired with Ahmed Musa while Samuel Chukwueze starts ahead of Moses Simon.
Nigeria Starting XI Vs South Africa: Akpeyi; Collins, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem; Ndidi, Etebo, Iwobi; Musa, Ighalo, Chukwueze
Stay with PREMIUM for the Live Updates…
Kick-off is 8.00pm
Both teams are on the pitch and the national anthems are been renderd..
We are underway.. Super Eagles with the kickoff
The Super Eagles make their first run but Musa’s cross could not connect with Ighalo
Kenneth Omeruo gets early warning from the referee
Ndidi wins a free kick for Nigeria
Over the bar.. Ndidi’s effort off target
Ekong tackles hard and tears the Jersey of a South Africa player
Bad challenge.. Awaziem injured
Ahmed Musa taking up defensive duties as South Africa win a throw in
The South Africans will known Nigeria’s Daniel Akpeyi well.. He plays in the PSL
Free kick for Nigeria.. Ekong shoved off the ball
South Africa’s Mothiba gets the first yellow card of the game
Jamiu Collins concedes a free kick and South Africa with the advantage
The South Africa and Nigeria football federation presidents Danny Jordan and Amaju Pinnick both watching on from the vip stands
Goal kick for Nigeria
Still a ding dong affair.. No clear cut chances for both teams so far
Iwobi sandwiched by South Africa defenders after getting a pass from Samuel Chukwueze
This is Nigeria’s 91st game in Afcon history
The Super Eagles are looking for a 50th Afcon victory tonight
Samuel Chukwueze still quiet tonight.. Not much seen from the youngster so far
Just when you said he was quiet.. Chukwueze gives Nigeria the lead
Goal!!! NIGERIA 1-0 SOUTH AFRICA
That is Chukwueze first international goal for Nigeria
Only two countries.. Egypt and Ghana have recorded up to 50 wins in Afcon history.. Nigeria can join the big boys club if they win tonight
Musa with a good run but final pass fails to connect
The South Africa coach Juan Baxter has never lost to Nigeria.. Will he tonight..??
Yellow card.. Ahmed Musa booked
Good run by Super Eagles again but youthful Chukwueze fires wide
Chukwueze tries to dribble his way through but South Africa make a timely block
Free kick for South Africa.. In a dangerous angle at that
Poor free kick goes straight into the wall
One minute added time
Half Time.. Nigeria 1-0 South Africa
South Africa kick off the second half
Free kick for Nigeria as Ighalo is hacked down by the South Africa captain who has been Yellow carded
Wonderful free kick by Etebo almost in the net
Finger tip save denies Nigeria a second goal
Corner kick for Nigeria.. Chance but Ndidi didn’t connect well
Nice control by chukwueze who passes over to Musa but tame header stopped by the South Africa keeper
Only three times Nigeria have failed to finish in the top three of any Afcon tournament
Cutback by Chukwueze not connected by Ighalo
The Super Eagles need to kill the game as they are failing to bury the chances they are creating
Free kick won by Iwobi
Ndidi gets a warning from the referee after playing the ball after the whistle
Yellow Card.. Percy Tau becomes the third South African to be booked tonight
Easy catch by Akpeyi as South Africa attempt for an equaliser
Good square play by Musa. No player to connect
Zungu and Awaziem in heated argument
Ball in the net.. But zungu flagged offside
VAR to decide
Goal.. South Africa equalises
Another reckless challenge and Mikizie gets a Yellow card for dangerous tackle on Musa
We are now in the last 15 minutes
Musa with another faulty pass
Coach Gernot Rohr looking worried now as South Africa are dominating the ball possession
Sub.. Ahmed Musa makes way for Moses Simon
We are in the final five minutes..
William Troost Ekong puts Nigeria back in front
89th goal by the defender
Four minutes added time
Corner kick for Nigeria
Leon Balogun comes in for Alex Iwobi
Full time Nigeria 2-1 South Africa