AFCON 2019: Super Eagles Qualify Despite Draw Against South Africa
The Super Eagles of Nigeria are through to next year’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in Cameroon even though they were forced to a 1-1 draw by hosts South Africa in Johannesburg.
Nigeria have 10 points from five matches and their final game at home against Seychelles will now be a mere formality.
Bafana Bafana, on the other hand, will have to wait till their final qualifying match against Libya in March to decide their qualification.
Libya thumped home team Seychelles 8-1 and now have seven points from five matches, just two points behind second-placed South Africa.
South Africa will need to avoid defeat in March to also advance to 2019 AFCON.
The Eagles took the lead in the ninth minute when Samuel Kalu’s cross was turned into his own net by Buhle Mkhwanazi.
That was after an earlier effort by Nigeria was debatably disallowed.
However, South Africa drew level through France-based striker Lebo Mothiba on 26 minutes, when he slotted home a cross by the Man of the Match Percy Tau.
Tau was outstanding for the home team as he committed the Nigerian defence again and again.
Kenneth Omeruo had a chance to restore Nigeria’s lead in the 74th minute but his free header off a Kalu free kick missed target narrowly.
In the 83rd minute, a goal by Ahmed Musa’s goal was disallowed even though TV replays later showed that it should have stood.
The Super Eagles since winning the 2013 edition of the AFCON have failed to qualify for the 2015 and 2017 editions.
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