Nigeria's Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2023 Finals after Beating South Africa

Nigeria's Super Eagles Qualify for AFCON 2023 Finals after Beating South Africa

  • Nigeria beat South Africa to reach the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final in penalty shootout thriller
  • Substitute Kelechi Iheanacho scored to give Nigeria a 4-2 penalty shootout victory over South Africa on Wednesday, February 7, after an AFCON semi-final interesting contest in Bouake
  • The match finished 1-1 after extra time and both regular-time goals also came from penalties with captain William Troost-Ekong scoring after 67 minutes for Nigeria and Teboho Mokoena equalising from a 90th-minute spot-kick journalist Ridwan Adeola Yusuf has over 9 years of experience covering sports and football.

Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire - The Super Eagles of Nigeria have advanced to the final of the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) 2023.

The Nigerian team defeated their semifinal opponent, Bafana Bafana of South Africa, 4-2 on penalties.

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Victor Osimhen (central), and teammates celebrate the victory at the end of the AFCON 2023 semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa in Bouake. Photo credit: Issouf Sanogo
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The match had ended 1-1 in normal time, with both teams scoring via penalties.

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This is the first AFCON final for the Super Eagles in 11 years. The team last won the AFCON tournament in 2013 in South Africa. Before then, the Eagle won it in Nigeria (1980) and Tunisia (1994). It remains to be seen if the team will triumph again this time around.

South Africa will play a third-place playoff on Saturday, February 10.

Nigeria will play against the host nation, Ivory Coast in Sunday's final, February 11.

Both sides have already met in the group stage with Nigeria coming out on top.

The match will be played at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, the largest stadium in Ivory Coast and one of the most modern stadia in Africa.

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Video shows man accurately predicting Nigeria's match

Meanwhile, a video has shown a man accurately predicting Nigeria's match before time.

He said South Africa would defend very deep and Super Eagles would struggle to break them down.


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