Nigeria 2-2 Bafana Bafana, See match break down below
Reigning champions Nigeria are eliminated from the Africa Cup of Nations today Wednesday, despite a dramatic late comeback at home to South Africa, drawing 2-2.The Super Eagles had been undefeated against South Africa for ten years, per Steve Blues of Goal.com, and only just maintained that record in the fourth minute of injury time. South Africa coach Shakes Mashaba made changes to his starting line-up from his side’s last match, bringing in Tefu Mashamaite, Mandla Masango, Reneilwe Letsholonyane and Kermit Erasmus.
Hosts Nigeria made just two swaps from their tie with Congo, with Raheem Lawal and Kenneth Omeruo entering the fray.
Nigeria set up in a 4-3-3 to attack their opponents, with South Africa in a more traditional 4-4-2 in order to stay defensively resolute.
Despite some defensively loose play, it was Nigeria who went closest to scoring early on. Ahmed Musa smashed his effort against the woodwork in the eighth minute, comprehensively beating the goalkeeper.Nigeria continued to come forward, with South Africa keeper Darren Keet in fine form—keeping the scoreline goalless.
And despite the home side’s pressure, it was the Bafana who took a surprise lead. Tokelo Rantie netted just before half-time, in the 42nd minute, racing clear of the defence to shock the Uyo stadium crowd. Journalist Joe Crann highlighted the milestone that South Africa’s goal represented: See More on page 2