Nigeria vs. South Africa: Top Five Memorable Games
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be up against their South African counterparts in an Africa Cup of Nations Qualifying match today (Saturday).
However, before now there have been history of clashes between these two sides for as long as 25 years.
While we wait for the potentially explosive match in Uyo today, Bounce Sports picks five memorable matches between the Super Eagles and the Bafana Bafana
10 Feb 2000: Nigeria 2 South Africa 0 – Lagos (Afcon semifinal)
This game was played at the National Stadium in Surulere when Nigeria was the co-host for the Africa Cup of Nations.
Both Nigeria and South Africa were eyeing a place in the final of the tournament. Coach Bonfere Jo played a fast one on Bafana as he deplored the fleet-footed Tijani Babaginda to the left flank instead of his traditional right wing.
Babaginda cut through the South Africa defense in two quick succession in the first and his brace was what handed Nigeria a final ticket in that year.
17 Nov 2004: South Africa 2 Nigeria 1 – Jo’burg (Mandela Challenge)
Though this is a friendly, it is making the pick because it is the only time South Africa has recorded a win over Nigeria at the senior level.
Interestingly, it is the same manager that masterminded this rare win that is back in charge of the Bafana team, will he be able to do it again in Uyo , let’s wait and see.
19 Nov 2014: Nigeria 2 South Africa 2 – Uyo (Afcon Qualifier)
This remains one of the saddest day in Nigerian football as the Eagles for the first time ever failed to qualify for back-to-back editions of the AFCON. South Africa were already running away with a 2-0 win before Sone Aluko rescued Nigeria’s pride; scoring two goals that saw the game end even but it was not enough to see Nigeria qualifying for the 2015 AFCON
19 Jan 2014: South Africa 1 Nigeria 3 – Cape Town (CHAN group stage)
This game was the last time that Nigeria recorded a win over South Africa, the three games played afterwards have all ended in stalemate.
Ejike Uzoenyi was the star man in this CHAN fixture scoring two goals on the night.
31 Jan 2004: South Africa 0 Nigeria 4 – Monastir (Afcon group stage)
This is also a memorable game and the star attraction was Osaze Odemwingie who hit a brace in this game. The score line is also the biggest ever in past matches between the two teams.