Three-time African champions, the Super Eagles of Nigeria soared into the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations after an emphatic 2-1 victory over perennial rivals, Bafana Bafana of South Africa in one of the quarter-final matches played yesterday at the Cairo International stadium in Egypt.
Fleet-footed Samuel Chukwueze making his second start at the 2019 AFCON had put Nigeria ahead in the first half before Bongani Zungu levelled on 70 minutes with a looping header, awarded after a VAR review.
However, Troost-Ekong struck a minute from time at a corner to set up a last-four meeting with the winner of the other quarter-final tie between Algeria and Ivory Coast today.
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Speaking after the match, vice-captain of the Super Eagles, Ahmed Musa said the fact that the match was keenly contested didn’t come to him as a surprise.
He said any match involving the two national teams is usually very difficult.
“I am not surprised that the match was a very difficult one for us. Any match between Nigeria and South Africa is usually difficult.
“After our loss to Madagascar, we had to motivate ourselves. We had to remain focused because we want to win our fourth AFCON title,” he said.
Musa was also full of praises for youngster Chukwueze as he said the Villarreal striker has the potentials to become the best player in the Super Eagles.
“Smauel Chukuweze had a fantastic game. He is going to be one of the best players in the Super Eagles.
“We need people like him because in few years, some of us won’t be here and they will have to replace us,” said Musa.