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


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

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