Eagles ready to fly into AFCON semis

Eagles ready to fly into AFCON semis

Centre-back Troost-Ekong then turned home at a corner a minute from time to set three-time champions Nigeria up with a clash against Algeria or Ivory Coast for a spot in the July 19 final.

Will South Africa continue their fairytale run against the Super Eagles?

Nigeria piled forward in search of a victor and were rewarded with one minute left in regular time when Moses Simon floated a corner into the box and Williams swung wildly at the delivery with his fist, allowing Troost-Ekong to bundle home as the ball dropped kindly on to his leg in a painful moment for the 27-year-old goalkeeper.

South Africa, who hosted AFCON in 2013, beat Nigeria away in their opening match of the AFCON qualifiers in June 2017 before being held to 1-1 in the return leg. Have your say in the comments section below.

After overcoming their loss against Madagascar, a semifinals place will be the next step but faces a stiff challenge against the "Giant Slayers", South Africa. "Our next game is going to be more hard, but we will be ready".

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The 30-year-old, who played for Watford before moving to China two years ago, has scored three goals at the African football showpiece in Egypt.

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It is also instructive to note that coach Gernot Rohr's men are yet to beat Stuart Baxter's wards.The previous five meetings with the Bafana claiming one victory with the rest ending in draws.

The AFCON 2019 quarter final between Nigeria an South Africa is available in most countries through the rights holders' online platform, if they have one.

"We hope that Shehu [Abdullahi] can come back, he was on the bench [against Cameroon]", Rohr said.

Samuel Chukwueze fired the Super Eagles ahead in the first half in front of a healthy, largely pro-Nigerian crowd at the 75,000-capacity Cairo International Stadium.

For most of the South African contingent, that amount is roughly (on average) four times what they would earn in a single month with their respective clubs.

History also favours the Eagles, as they have never ended an AFCON without winning a medal where they eliminated the defending champions, having sent current winners Cameroon packing in the last 16 on Saturday. As ever, join me for all the build-up, team news and goals as they go in!

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