Nigerian Centre-Back Troost-Ekong’s got the winner for Nigeria as they saw off hardworking South Africa in the most cruel of finishes in the second quarter-final game of the 2019 Total African cup of Nations.
Nigerian Sensation, Samuel Chuwkueze put the Super eagles ahead but Zungu got the equalizer for South Africa before Troost Ekong had a late bite.
Gernot Thor’s men had a vivacious start to but failed to grab an early goal due to bad link-up play amongst the front men, with Musa and Ighalo being the biggest of victims.
Iwobi set up Wilfred Ndidi but the Leceister City man shot wide.
South African Left back Sifiso Hlanti could have seen a red for a nasty tackle on Awaziem while Mothiba hit the side net.
Nigeria Sensation Samuel Chukueze broke the deadlock with a swift but precise finish as his initial shot deflected off Mkhwanazi before the winger effected the killer instinct.
Mothiba wasted a freekick opportunity before Ethebo’s long-range freekick brushed of the cross bar as an outstretched Ronwen got a touch.
Moments later, Stuart Baxter’s men got a perfect response to Nigeria’s bluff in a controversial VAR decision.
Bogani Zungu was lucky to have escaped the offside call as his stylishly lobbed header found the back of the net amidst the linesman’s raised flag.
Moses Simon replaced Musa for Nigeria and moments to the end of the game the Former’s magical corner kick escaped the grasp of Goalkeeper Rowen before finding William Troost- Ekong who banged in the winner.
Bafana Bafana had not lost to the Super Eagles in their last 5 meetings, despite trailing in terms of head -to- head meetings but had to endure a painful loss to the west Africans who seem to have had the had the last laugh.
Story by: Dampte-Larbi Godfred|Univers Sports|universnewsroom.com