Super Eagles of Nigeria has ended the hope of Bafana Bafana to clinch the AFCON 2019 title in a quarterfinal battle at Cairo International Stadium Wednesday. The Eagles played Bafana Bafana 2-1 with Chukwueze defeating the defenders of South Africa to shoot-in the first goal in the 27th minutes.
The system of building walls around major players like Musa and Iweobi seems to have disappointed the South African team as the Super Eagles contained very well until VAR came to Bafana Bafana’s aid in the 71st minute. Goalscorer Bongani Zungu was in an offside position but he was played on-side since he wasn’t given the ball to perform.
Nigeria was more dangerous with Musa at the left end dropping a heartbreaking pass for his side leaving Thamsanqa Mkhize in pressure.
The Nigerian side proceeded so fast to second their lead through Odion Ighalo who was brought down by Thulani Hlatshwayo and a free kick was awarded after Thulani bagged Yellow-card. Etebo curled an excellent free-kick towards the top right-hand corner, but Bafana Bafana shot-stopper Ronwen Williams pulled off a brilliant save as he tipped the ball on to his crossbar.
Bafana Bafana looked for a way to make a fast difference to the game and had to bring Themba Zwane for Lorch in the 57th minute. After six minutes, Mkhize did what he could do within the time. He managed to shoot a brilliant shot that flew off the left-hand upright in the end.
At the sound of the final whistle, the score was 2-1 keeping Nigeria’s AFCON hope alive while leading Bafana Bafana back to South Africa.