Nigeria To The Finals Of AFCON After Beating South Africa 1-1 (4-2)

Nigeria has confirmed to be the first team to qualify for finals of Africa Cup of Nations 2024 after beating South Africa in a match which ended up engaging the two teams in a penalt shootout.

After a 1-1 draw during narmal and extra time, the two teams dramatically shifted to penalties, Nigeria carrying the day with 4-2 victory.

Having lost five of their previous six AFCON semifinals, Nigeria had to overcome a very spirited South Africa to make it to the final.

A Match Of Penalties

The game was ultimately decided by penalties in normal time as well as in the shootout.

William Troost-Ekong gave Nigeria the lead from the penalty spot midway through the second half.

Victor Osimhen thought he’d sealed it with a second goal right at the end of 90 minutes, but VAR had spotted a foul before that by Alhassan Pigui on Percy Tau in the box and awarded a penalty to Bafana Bafana – which was converted by Teboho Mokoena.

South Africa almost won the game when Khuliso Mudau just missed a glorious chance five minutes into stoppage time.However, defende Grant Kekana of Bafana Bafana was sent off the pitch through a red card in extra time as Nigeria regained control to put them under the cosh, but they held out for penalties – only to crash out after two were saved by goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali.

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