Breaking: Nigeria Trashes South Africa, Advances to the Finals of AFCON

Breaking: Nigeria Trashes South Africa, Advances to the Finals of AFCON

  • The match between Nigeria and South Africa has ended in favour of the Super Eagles after a tension-soaked penalties
  • Nigeria had gained the lead after a penalty was awarded over a foul against Victor Osimhen but Bafana Bafana quickly equalised also through a penalty
  • Kelechi Iheanacho, who played his first game today in Cote d'Ivoire, had the last shoot during the penalties and sent Nigeria to the finals

Nigeria has qualified for the finals of the ongoing CAF African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

Nigeria trashed South Africa 1-1 (4-2) on penalties to head to the finals of the tournament taking place in Cote d'Ivoire.

Nigeria heads to the finals of AFCON
Nigeria trashed South Africa on penalties. Photo credit: Getty Images/MB Media and ISSOUF SANOGO.
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The game ended 1-1 after 120 minutes of play, and both teams headed into penalties.

Nigerians on social media have praised Stanley Nwabali because of his spectacular saves during the tension-soaked penalty shootout.

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Japhet Omojuwa posted on X:

"By the powers vested on me as office of the citizen, I hereby declare Stanley Nwabali Minister of Defence! Thank you!!!! If you agree, say ayes! If you don’t, say nay!"

A post on the Super Eagle's official X handled celebrated the win.

See the post below:

Reactions as Nigeria heads to finals of AFCON

@FootChampTv commented:

"YES. The Super Eagles are back on top of the food chain. This is Nigeria’s tournament. Nothing can stop us from doing it again."

@cybersploit9 said:

"That water wey Tyla sing. Make the South African footballers go drink am. They will need it."

@ThinkYung3ple commented:

"It is no gainsaying that our unalloyed togetherness and spirit of camaraderie in Nigeria is not out of place. The people of Nigeria believed in our Super Eagles, and eventually, they delivered."

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@esangsmart said:

"What a world-class performance from Nwabali...Captain fantastic Ekong."

@OkimijiKemi said:

"I am super happy tonight.... our players made us proud."

William Troost-Ekong's tattoo goes viral

Meanwhile, reported that Super Eagle's captain, William Troost-Ekong, has a tattoo of Fela Kuti's face, and this was seen during the team's clash with Ivory Coast.

In a photo shared on X, Ekong was positioning the ball for the penalty kick when a photographer captured the tattoo.

Social media users who have seen the viral photo said Ekong is a fan of the late Afrobeats singer Fela Kuti.


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