The Super Eagles of Nigeria started their quest for qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations on a very disappointing note as they were beaten 2-0 at home on Saturday by the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.
The Eagles before Saturday were unbeaten under new manager Genort Rohr, but a below par display on Saturday at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium saw Bafana Bafana finally recording their first-ever competitive victory over Nigeria.
Before Saturday’s game, Nigeria and South Africa have had 12 previous meetings and Bafana Bafana had only won a friendly 13 years ago.
Fully determined to break the trend, the South Africans took the game to Nigeria and were rewarded with two second-half goals that handed them the bragging rights over Nigeria.
After ending it barren in the first half, Tekelo Rantie headed Bafana Bafana in front after 54 minutes when he powered home a cross from the right past goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi
South Africa, who continued to enjoy more of the ball after their goal, doubled their lead in the 80th minute through Percy Tau, who rounded up Akpeyi off a through ball by Dolly to score.
After the first set of games, Libya lead Group E having trounced Seychelles 5-1 on Friday night in Cairo, Egypt and they are closely followed by South Africa who also have three points but a lesser goals’ difference.