In a thrilling journey through the AFCON Tournament, the Super Eagles of Nigeria clinched their spot in the semifinals with a hard-fought 1-0 victory over Angola, thanks to Ademola Lookman’s goal in the first half.
Meanwhile, South Africa displayed resilience, securing a 2-1 win over Cape Verde in a penalty shootout. This victory sets the stage for an intriguing encounter with the three-time champions, Nigeria.
Nigeria maintains a historical advantage over South Africa in their head-to-head encounters, securing 5 victories compared to Bafana Bafana’s 1 win.
The teams have also played to a draw on 4 occasions. This statistical background adds an intriguing dimension to the upcoming semifinal, as both sides are eager to make their mark in this storied rivalry.
In the most recent FIFA rankings, Nigeria holds the 44th position, highlighting their status as a formidable presence in African football. On the other hand, South Africa is situated at the 66th position, underscoring the competitive equilibrium awaiting fans in this semifinal encounter. The ranking difference introduces an element of unpredictability, as South Africa aims to defy the odds and potentially upset their higher-ranked opponents.
The scheduled date for the semifinal clash is the 7th of February at the Stade de la Praix in Bouake, Ivory Coast.
February 7th 2024 by 6pm