Nigeria vs South Africa (LIVE UPDATES): Super Eagles, Bafana Bafana set for crunch clash

NIGERIA: Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]
Super eagles [PHOTO CREDIT: NFF twitter handle]

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..


Goal…


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



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