Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for next year’s African Cup of Nation, to be hosted by Cameroon after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by South Africa on Saturday at the FNB Stadium, Johannesburg, South Africa.
The Super Eagles got their first goal in the 9th minute of the first half after an own goal by Mkhwanazi B. Bafana defender Mkhwanazi deflected Kalu’s cross into the back of the net to hand the visitors the lead.
South Africa equalised on 26th minute through Mothiba. Mothiba scored with a tap in after some brilliant work by Tau, who beat two Super Eagles defenders. The Super Eagles scored two brilliant goals in the first and second half but were ruled off-side by the referee.
Replay showed that the two goals were disallowed controversially as they were clear goals without the players being offside. Success scores for Nigeria, but the bulky forward was ruled offside after the hosts’ defence was exposed.
With the result, Nigeria qualified for AFCON 2019 even with a game to spare. The Eagles beat Libya home and away and have better head-to-head against the North Africa team.