Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON Semi-final Full time results

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Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON
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4 : 2 AFCON Semifinals.

Penalty Kick :

Nigeria: ✓ ✓* ✓✓

South Africa: × ✓×

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Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON Semi-final Live Streaming Online Here.

NIGERIA VS SOUTH AFRICA ( 1-1).

 

 

  • Nigeria take on South Africa in the Afcon semi-finals with kick off at 5pm GMT
  • South Africa have only won twice in 14 competitive meetings with the Super Eagles
  • Nigeria XI: Nwabali, Aina, Ekong, Ajayi, Bassey, Osayi-Samuel, Onyeka, Iwobi, Lookman, Simon, Osimhen
  • South Africa XI: Williams, Kekana, Xulu, Mvala, Modiba, Mokoena, Sithole, Zwane, Mudau, Makgopa, Tau.

Full time of Extra Time: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa

120 mins: Troost-Ekong with potentially the most cynical shirt pull of all time.

Mayambela was breaking for South Africa, almost has his shirt ripped off. Yellow card.

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Second Half of extra Time

Halftime of extra Time Nigeria 1-1 South Africa

103 mins: Dear me.

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Ball over the top of the South Africa defence, Williams charges off his line to clear.

Mvala gets there first though, heads it on and Williams is stranded. Mvala just about completes the clearing job, as Osimhen lurks.

Nigeria 1-1 South Africa

93 mins: And here come Nigeria at the other end.

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Lookman drives into the box, onto his left foot and it’s a good strike across goal, Williams with a strong hand to deny him.

FT: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa

AND BREATHE.

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We’re going to extra-time.

Crazy match. Osimhen thought he’d doubled the lead for Nigeria, seconds later it was level.

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We’ve got 30 more minutes to come.

89 mins: Goal for South Africa.

Penalty awarded to South Africa

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79mins Nigeria Goal for Nigeria Victor Osimhen disallowed.

Nigeria 1-0 South Africa

72 mins: Nigeria have kept four consecutive clean sheets, not conceding since their opening match of the tournament. Keep that run going for 18 more minutes, and they are in the final.

Osimhen fires the ball across the face of goal, nobody there for Nigeria to turn it home

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GOAL! Nigeria 1-0 South Africa | William Troost-Ekong 66′

It’s the captain to take it.

And Troost-Ekong makes no mistake! Nigeria lead in the semi-final.

66″ mins. Goal for Nigeria , W. Troost-Ekong 67′ (P)

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PENALTY NIGERIA!

Brilliant from Osimhen!

Holds the ball up, turns and skips past the challenges. Into the box, Mvala sticks out a leg and brings him down.

64: Victor Osimhen, down is a penalty for Nigeria.

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Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

51 mins: Nigeria have been so much better since half-time, whatever was said at the break has worked.

Simon played in behind, wins a corner for the Super Eagles. Pressure building.

Lookman swings it to the back post, beyond Ajayi and Onyeka.

Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

51 mins: Nigeria have been so much better since half-time, whatever was said at the break has worked.

Simon played in behind, wins a corner for the Super Eagles. Pressure building.

Lookman swings it to the back post, beyond Ajayi and Onyeka.

Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

47 mins: Nigeria on the front foot at the start of this half.

Aina makes a good run down the left, decent ball in but it’s headed away with Lookman lurking in the middle.

Second Half under way  Nigeria 0 South Africa 0

Half Time : Nigeria vs South (

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Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

45 mins: Just two minutes of added time to end this first half.

Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

26 mins: A superb sliding challenge from Onyeka to deny Zwane a great chance. Mudau breaks down the right but the Nigerian midfielder is in the right place to prevent a huge goalscoring opportunity for Bafana Bafana.

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There is a brief VAR check for handball but nothing doing

Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

4 mins: Nigeria seeing most of the ball in the early stages, looking for a quick start.

That won’t bother a South Africa defence who have kept four clean shoots on the bounce though.

Aina puts a low ball into the middle, South Africa scramble it awa.

Kick off: Nigeria vs South Africa ( 0-0)

 

This is a 15th AFCON semi-final for Nigeria, no country has played in more of them.

They are the favourites, but South Africa have had no issues playing the underdog role all tournament.

 

Get the Latest Head to Head Stats and Match Time for Nigeria vs South Africa

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The stage is set for a thrilling encounter as Nigeria and South Africa lock horns in the semifinals of the CAF AFCON 2023, with a place in the finals hanging in the balance. Both teams arrive boasting impressive form and resilient defenses, but only one can progress to the coveted final.

Nigeria Faces Osimhen Dilemma: A cloud of uncertainty hangs over the Super Eagles‘ camp as talismanic striker Victor Osimhen battles abdominal discomfort. His absence would be a major blow, considering his leadership and goal-scoring prowess. Coach Peseiro must prepare contingency plans if Osimhen is ruled out, potentially relying on Lookman and Simon to shoulder the attacking burden.

South Africa Seeks Redemption: Bafana Bafana started the tournament shaky with a defeat to Mali but have grown in stature with each passing game. Their resolute defense, marshaled by Williams and Kekana, has been a cornerstone of their success. Coach Broos, known for his AFCON magic, will be aiming to repeat his 2017 heroics with Cameroon and guide South Africa to an unlikely final appearance.

Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON  Key Matchups:

  • Osimhen (if fit) vs Williams: If Osimhen recovers, his battle against the in-form Williams will be a duel worth watching.
  • Iwobi vs Mokoena: The midfield battle between Nigeria’s creative force Iwobi and South Africa’s energetic Mokoena could be decisive.
  • Lookman vs Tau: Both wingers possess pace and trickery, making their potential duel an exciting prospect for fans.

Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON  Prediction: This promises to be a tight and tense affair. On paper, Nigeria seems the stronger team, but South Africa’s defensive solidity and Broos’s tactical nous cannot be underestimated. The outcome could hinge on individual brilliance, with Osimhen’s fitness a crucial factor. A narrow victory for Nigeria is predicted, but South Africa has the potential to cause an upset.

 

Nigeria vs South Africa: A Semifinal Showdown

Date and Time:

  • Wednesday, February 7, 2024
  • 17:00 GMT 6:00pm WAT
  • Venue: Stade Bouake, Ivory Coast

 

Where to Watch Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON Semifinal in Nigeria:

Free-to-air:

  • NTA Sports
  • AIT

 

Pay-TV:

  • DStv on channel 202
  • NTA Sport 24 on Startime.
  • Startime Premium, App and TV

Radio:

  • Brila FM
  • Wazobia FM
  • Radio Nigeria

Website.

  • Ejesgist.ng

Recent Form: Unbeaten Warriors

Nigeria enters the semifinal with an unbeaten record, showcasing their strength with victories over Ivory Coast and Cameroon in the knockout stages. Their defensive solidity is evident as they haven’t conceded a goal since the tournament’s opening draw with Equatorial Guinea.

On the South African front, they have overcome initial setbacks, growing into the tournament with notable victories over Morocco and Cape Verde. A penalty shootout win against Cape Verde in the quarterfinals, however, may have introduced an element of fatigue.

 

Stats

Overall:

Recent Meetings:

  • 2019 AFCON Quarter-Final: Nigeria 2-1 South Africa
  • 2018 AFCON Group Stage: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria
  • 2017 AFCON Group Stage: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa

Other Interesting Stats:

  • Nigeria has reached the AFCON semifinals a record-equaling 16 times.
  • South Africa won their only AFCON title in 1996.
  • Both teams have not conceded a goal since their respective opening matches in the tournament.

Nigeria vs South Africa H2h  History: A Repeat of 2000 Semifinal

This encounter echoes the semifinal clash of 2000, where Nigeria emerged victorious with a 2-0 scoreline in Lagos. Nigeria, with a record-equaling 16th semifinal appearance, aims to secure a spot in the final and potentially clinch their fourth AFCON title.

 

Coaches’ Impact: Broos’s Midas Touch

South African coach Hugo Broos, with a history of AFCON success, has steered his team to the semifinals against expectations. Having won the title with Cameroon in 2017, Broos’s experience adds an intriguing dimension to the encounter. His ability to lead unfancied teams to success could pose a challenge for Nigeria.

Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON  Predicted Line-ups:

Nigeria:

  • Goalkeeper: Nwabali
  • Defenders: Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey, Aina
  • Midfielders: Onyeka, Iwobi, Sanusi
  • Forwards: Simon, Lookman, Osimhen (subject to fitness)

South Africa:

  • Goalkeeper: Williams
  • Defenders: Mudau, Kekana, Mvala, Modiba
  • Midfielders: Mokoena, Sithole, Morena, Zwane
  • Forwards: Tau, Makgopa

Final Thoughts: Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON Semi-final Match 

As these two African football giants prepare to clash, the stage is set for a battle of strength, strategy, and determination. The outcome hinges not only on individual brilliance but also on how each team collectively navigates the challenges presented on the pitch.

Stay tuned for this epic showdown in the heart of Ivory Coast as Nigeria and South Africa vie for a coveted spot in the AFCON 2023 final.

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