Nigeria Qualify For AFCON 2019 In Cameroon

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Alex Iwobi (l) dribbling South African players
Alex Iwobi (l) dribbling South African players

Nigeria has booked a place in the next year’s African Cup of Nations Cup competition in Cameroon after playing a one-all draw with South Africa on Saturday in Johannersburg to garner 10 points in Group E.

South Africa has nine points, Libya, four while Seychelles got one point in the group. From this standing, South Africa will join Nigeria from the group.

Samuel Kalu put Nigeria ahead in the eight minutes as his shot took a wicked deflection off a South African defender past the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

Bafana Bafana Percy Tau dribbled Omeruo to run clear of Super Eagles defence before squaring for Mothiba to score in an empty net for South Africa in the 38th minute.

This is even as Libya whitewashed Seychelles 8-1 on Saturday.

Minute-By-Minute Play

82 mins:

Musa finds the back of the net but his effort was ruled out for offside.

73mins:

Chance for Nigeria as Omeruo misses a sitter as his header goes wide from a freekick.

69mins

South Africa threaten from the left with Tau who runs into the box but Musa does well to stay with him before Ezenwa rushes out to collect.

68mins: Substitution for Nigeria: Isaac Success comes in for Iheanacho

57mins:

An Ogu header from the corner blocked on the line.

52mins:

Iheanacho fouled but Kalu’s freekick is comfortably collected by the South African goalkeeper. Musa proving to be a menace for the Bafana Bafana defence, he gets another corner for Nigeria.

Oghenekaro Etebo

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Halftime: South Africa 1 Vs 1 Nigeria

44mins:

Etebo gets on the end of a cross in the far post but couldn’t keep his stretching effort on target.

42mins:

Kalu troubles the South African goalkeeper with a cross. Still 1-1.

36mins:

South Africa still coming out all for Super Eagles with Tau in the centre of things. Iheanacho gets a chance in the box but his first touch fails him.

Goal for South Africa

All credit to Percy Tau here, dribbles Omeruo to run clear of Super Eagles defence before squaring for Mothiba to score in an empty net.

19:02 mins: Bafana Bafana getting much of the ball and almost get an equaliser but they missed their chance. Musa drives at the South Africa defence but his shot his blocked for a corner.

17:mins

The South Africans have attempted to bounce back quickly with a fine chance but Kalu did well to block a shot in the box.

Goal for Nigeria!!!

08:00 mins: Samuel Kalu puts Nigeria ahead as his shot took a wicked deflection off a South African defender past the Bafana Bafana goalkeeper.

It’s been a slow start to the game with both teams trying to find their rhytem but the Super Eagles would have felt a little bit slighted after a wrong offside call from the referee with Ahmed Musa clear on goal.