In a thrilling encounter at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles of Nigeria emerged victorious against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, securing their spot in the finals of the African Cup of Nations. The match ended in a 1-1 draw before Nigeria clinched a 4-2 win in penalties.
The pivotal moment came when Victor Osimhen, the reigning African Player of the Year, was fouled in the box by Mothobi Mvala, leading to a penalty for Nigeria. Captain William Troost-Ekong confidently converted the penalty in the 67th minute, giving Nigeria a 1-0 lead.
Although Nigeria thought they had doubled their lead with Osimhen’s goal, it was overturned after a VAR review due to a foul in the build-up play, resulting in a penalty for South Africa. Teboho Mokoena made no mistake from the spot, leveling the score at 1-1.
Both teams had opportunities to secure victory in regular time and extra time, but it was Nigeria who ultimately prevailed in the penalty shootout. Despite South Africa’s valiant effort, Nigeria’s goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili emerged as the hero, saving two crucial penalties to seal a 4-2 victory.
With this win, Nigeria advances to the final of the AFCON, further solidifying their quest for another championship title.