- Hours before the kick-off of Nigeria versus South Africa African Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final match, Temitope Olayinka Ajagunna released an update on the scoreline
- Temitope, an elderly Nigerian man, became popular online for accurately predicting the outcome of several AFCON matches
- Ayomide Oguntimehin, a CAF-accredited sports expert, bares it all on the increase in correct AFCON match predictions
In a Facebook post in the early hours of Wednesday, Temitope took a swipe at those waiting for his predictions to fail and clarified that he never claimed to be a prophet who was releasing prophecies.
Temitope's prediction of Nigeria vs South Africa
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He added that it would be another clean sheet and an easy game for Nigeria. He also stated that the match would produce Nigeria's highest number of goals. He went further to break down his prediction:
"In simple English the match will end 2-0 in favor of Nigeria if Nigeria is NOT leading already by 2-0 by the end of the first half. So if the match is 0-0 or 1-0 by the end of first half, the game will end at 2-0 by the end of 90 minutes. If Nigeria is however leading by 2-0 at the half time whistle, the game will be a 4 or 5 goal rout at the end of the game.
"0-0 or 1-0 at the end of 45 minutes = 2-0 at final whistle.
"2-0 at half time = 4-0 or 5-0 at final whistle.
"If you no understand I can't break it down more than this. Ask your friend wey dey quick understand book."
He appealed to South Africans not to retaliate violently against Nigerians residing in their country when Bafana Bafana eventually lose the game.
Rise in accurate AFCON predictions
A CAF-accredited sports expert, Ayomide Oguntimehin, has shared with Legit.ng his thoughts on the increase in accurate AFCON match predictions. He said:
"Actually, I'm still surprised people are getting AFCON predictions correctly as the tournament has been unpredictable.
"It has actually been unpredictable. I mean, who would have thought Nigeria would draw Equatorial Guinea and win Ivory Coast in the group stage?
"If I was to predict those games, I'd have predicted the Super Eagles to win against Equatorial Guinea and lose to Ivory Coast. Or who would have seen Morocco's early exit from the tournament?
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"For EPL and other club matches, it is easy for people to predict based on statistics and performances. But it's tricky with AFCON."
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Nigerians react to Temitope's scoreline prediction
Abiodun Olujide said:
"Oracle no dey talk too much ☑️."
Dafe Otite said:
"Men when dey quick understand book plenty for Abe Igi and Black market those days oh ."
Iretidola Akinrowo Ojekhoa said:
"This one you are sensing in your subconscious, if these scores are right then you are on the road to being deified o ."
Kunle Soyege said:
"I watched the South Africa v Cape Verde again and they literally walked out of jail...... don't see them causing an upset.. super eagles seem focused on the job at the hand and the Oracle is our 12th player."
Victor Victor said:
"That’s a bold prediction my broda! And ain’t holding my breath for your getting it right or not! Football is but a game that trounce many a seer!"
White man predicts AFCON semi-final matches
Meanwhile, Legit.ng previously reported that a white man had predicted the scorelines of the two AFCON semi-final matches.
In a TikTok video, @callum_wm said the match between Nigeria and South Africa on Wednesday, February 7, would end in a one-nil scoreline in favour of the Super Eagles.
@callum_wm added that Fulham midfielder Alexander Chuka Iwobi would be the only scorer in the match. In the second game involving Ivory Coast and DR Congo, @callum_wm said it would end with two goals in favour of the Central African nation.