Nigeria Stands Chance to Win AFCON Africa Cup of Nations

The Nigeria Super Eagles are now in the AFCON final after a dramatic penalty shootout win against South Africa in 4-2 on penalties following a captivating 1-1 draw over 120 minutes.

Nigeria looked to have won it when Victor Osimhen scored late on, only for VAR to instead award South Africa a lifeline penalty. 

Nigeria will face either Cote d’Ivoire DR Congo on Sunday, hoping to capture their fourth African crown.

Nigeria made the early running in a cagey first half. The lively Iwobi brought the best from Williams, whose reflex save kept things goalless. South Africa responded in kind, Evidence Makgopa curling just wide before Percy Tau was thwarted when clean through. 

The tension ratcheted after the break as both keepers took center stage. Nwabali acrobatically denied Makgopa once more, while at the other end Williams stood firm to repel Osimhen. 

That set the scene for high drama in the closing stages. Nigeria earned a 67th minute penalty when Osimhen was flattened, which Troost-Ekong converted emphatically. 

Sensing blood, a frenzied Nigeria pressed for the killer second. They thought they had it through Osimhen, but VAR intervened to spot an earlier foul. South Africa were awarded a lifeline penalty instead, dispatched by Mokoena. 

The Nigeria team soak up the raptures of reaching the final, Williams is left inconsolable. Four days ago he was the hero, now South Africa’s brokenhearted goalkeeper. 

The Super Eagles of Nigeria now stand one win away from a fourth African crown on February 11th as a strong contenders for the title.

Recall that Nigeria has won the title three times and this might be their fourth winning if Sunday’s final match favour them.

Source: CAF

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