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LIVE: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa – AFCON 2023 Semi-Final

Nigeria are two wins away from lifting the AFCON trophy for the first time since 2013


Egyptian referee Amin Omar (R) shows a red card to South Africa’s defender #18 Grant Kekana (L) during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

Welcome to the Live coverage of the Nigeria vs South Africa semi-final clash of AFCON 2023

It is expected to be a titanic game at the Stade Bouake in the Ivory Coast, on one hand, the Nigerian Super Eagles come into the game as overwhelming favourites after dispatching Bafana Bafana Nigeria 2-1 last time they met in the AFCON 2019.

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South Africa will be hoping to tap into the spirit of the 1996 winning team and make it the second AFCON final in 28 years

So stay tuned as we bring you all the build-up, team news, updates and live commentary from this much-awaited clash.

 

AET: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa



120 mins

A Weak Free Kick From Ịheanachọ

The Nigerian striker gets his free-kick over the wall, but it goes harmlessly into the arms of Williams



Red Card For Kekana

A red card to Grant Kekena for fouling Terem Moffi



115 mins

Free kick to Nigeria

There’s a long VAR delay, the referee heads to the monitor…no penalty, but it’s a free kick to Nigeria on the edge of the box

 


106 mins

Osimhen Heads Wide

 Nigeria start fast in the second half of extra time but Osimhen heads wide from Aina’s cross.


Half Time Of Extra Time



100 mins

Osimhen Comes Close


 


90+2 mins

Lookman’s Shot Is Parried

Lookmanr gets off a shot straight at Williams, but the keeper dives to get his left hand to the ball and knock to it to safety.

Nigeria’s defender #12 Bright Osayi-Samuel (FRONT) controls the ball during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

90+2 min


First half of extra time under way



EXTRA TIME: Nigeria 1-1 South Africa

Nigeria’s forward #9 Victor Osimhen (L) reacts with Nigeria’s forward #18 Ademola Lookman during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)


90+ 2 mins

Makgopa almost scores!

Now it’s South Africa well on top. Makgopa with an acrobatic chance but the shot just flies wide!

 



Nigeria 1-1 South Africa



90 mins

GOAL!

South Africa get an equaliser beating Stanley Nwabali from the penalty spot

South Africa’s players celebrate after scoring their team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)


Penalty To South Africa



78 mins

South Arica Escape

A free kick is swung in left-footed by Pau – Nwabali gets two fists to it and clears, almost sparking a Nigerian counter but the ball goes out of play.



73 mins

Another Great Chance For South Africa!

Magkopa receives the ball with his back to goal on the edge of the area, swivels and blasts off a powerful shot that just flies wide of the right post!



66 mins

GOAL!

Troost-Ekong converts with a penalty right down the middle.

Nigeria Vs South Africa AFCON 2023 Semi-Final
Nigeria’s defender #5 William Troost-Ekong (2R) celebrates with teammates after scoring his team’s first goal from the penalty spot during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)


63 mins

Penalty to Nigeria!

Osimhen is brought down in the box!


 


Onyeka blazes over

Lookman takes on the massed ranks of about three defenders, keeps the ball and gives it to Onyeka who spanks a wild shot from the edge of the box into row Z.



52 mins

Tau Threatens Again

Tau gets the ball on the left and his pace takes him into the box where he comes shoulder-to-shoulder with Aina.



46 mins

Second half underway

No changes for either side as the second half begins.




HALFTIME: Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

Nigeria’s goalkeeper #23 Stanley Nwabali gestures during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

43 mins

Osimhen Heads Wide

Osimhen with a great chance from the corner spot but he heads wide of the South African goalkeeper


 

39 mins

Great Chance For South Africa

A great chance for South Africa to break the deadlock but Makgopa’s effort is saved superbly by Nwabali.


37 mins

Iwobi Goes For A Shot


36 mins


A Nigeria supporter gestures ahead of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

 

29 mins

South Africa With Another Chance

South Africa link up well to try and trouble the Nigeria defence but Ajayi stands strong to deny them a goal opportunity

South Africa’s midfielder #4 Teboho Mokoena controls the ball during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

21 mins

Nigeria Win A Free Kick

Lookman looks to beat South Africa’s defence but he’s brought down from behind by Makgopa.


 

 


10 mins

South Africa With A Chance

South Africa gain possession and release Magkopa on the inside right but it’s flagged offside.


 


7 mins

Nigeria Dictating Proceedings

Nigeria have dominated possession and have been lively since the kickoff

Nigeria’s forward #15 Moses Simon (L) fights for the ball with South Africa’s defender #14 Mothobi Mvala during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

2 mins

Osimhen Is Hurt

Osimhen gets onto a ball in the box and is about to pull the trigger when a last-ditch tackle comes in and clears the ball.


We Have Kick Off

Nigeria 0-0 South Africa

A Nigeria supporter holds a scarf during the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 semi-final football match between Nigeria and South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake on February 7, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)


Bafana Bafana Also Arrive At Stade Bouake Stadium



VP Shettima Shows Support For Nigeria

The Vice President, Kashim Shettima, departs for  Ivory Coast to show support to the Super Eagles of Nigeria,

VP Shettima shows support for Nigeria as they take on Bafana Bafana in the AFCON semi final
Vice President Kashim Shettima departs for Ivory Coast to show support for the Super Eagles

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Nigeria Arrive Stade Bouake Stadium



Fourth AFCON Encounter

Nigeria and South Africa will be doing battle for the fourth time at the AFCON and the Super Eagles boast of an impressive aggregate score of 8-1. winning three of those encounters.


 


Nigeria Team Lineup






South Africa Appear In Fourth Semi-Final

South Africa will be playing in their fourth semifinal at the AFCON and their first since 2000 when Nigeria knocked them out with goals coming from Tijani Babangida.

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South Africa’s players celebrate after winning at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football match between Cape Verde and South Africa at the Stade Charles Konan Banny in Yamoussoukro on February 3, 2024. (Photo by FRANCK FIFE / AFP)

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Nigeria Make 15th Record Semi-Final Appearance

Nigeria will be appearing in their 15th semi-final in the AFCON tournament  only progressing to the final 6 times and last won it in 2013 in South Africa

Nigeria's defender #5 William Troost-Ekong (C) celebrates after the victory at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football match between Nigeria and Angola at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on February 2, 2024.
Nigeria’s defender #5 William Troost-Ekong (C) celebrates after the victory at the end of the Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2024 quarter-final football match between Nigeria and Angola at the Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan on February 2, 2024. (Photo by Issouf SANOGO / AFP)

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