Nigeria took a step closer to becoming Africa Cup of Nations champions after Ronwen Williams’ late error gifted William Troost-Ekong a late winner in a 2-1 victory over South Africa in Wednesdays’ quarter-final.
Bafana Bafana, who shocked hosts Egypt in the previous round, had
But Troost-Ekong bundled home in the 89th-minute minute after Williams made a hash of a corner to dash South Africa’s hopes of going forward and left Nigeria still chasing their dream of a fourth AFCON title.
It was a just result for a Nigeria team after they had mostly ruled and led in the 27th minute through Samuel Chukwueze, who was part of a (full of life and energy) Nigeria front four that opened South Africa up (more than two, but not a lot of) times
The result extends South Africa’s record of never having beaten Nigeria at the Cup of Nations, while Gernot Rohr’s men moved into the last four – where Ivory Coast of Algeria wait for – with a controlled/punished, serious and stubborn performance.