S'Africa Fears Nigerian Fans Will Outnumber Hosts At Stadium

S'Africa Fears Nigerian Fans Will Outnumber Hosts At Stadium

The President joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against a very formidable opponent which earned them qualification with the final match against Seychelles a mere formality.

Nigeria qualified for their first Africa Cup of Nations since winning the tournament in 2013 after drawing 1-1 with South Africa in Johannesburg.

The Super Eagles didn't wait long to take long though for the breakthrough as Samuel Kalu easily eased past Sifiso Hlanti before seeing his cross bundled in by Buhle Mkhawanazi for an own goal.

They have beaten arch-nemesis Nigeria for the first time in a competitive game in these qualifiers, 2-0 in Uyo in June, and drawn at home.

South Africa beat the Super Eagles when the two nations met in the first round in Nigeria in June past year, but had to fight back this time to get a single point.

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The Super Eagles return to the showpiece after garnering 10 points from five games to remain Group E leaders.

The Eagles went ahead in the 9th minute but the hosts rallied back before the interval to level proceedings. The group's whipping boys Seychelles ring up the rear with a solitary point in four matches. But it was a good result, let's forget now these two goals that were not given. Then Tau displayed the cheekiness of a court jester and vision of an eagle to see the space, niftily poking the ball behind three defenders on the edge of the area to burst through and side-foot to Mothiba, who swept into an open net with keeper Ezenwa Ikechukwu stranded. "As players, we want to make history and beat them twice knowing very well that we have beat them in their own backyard previous year".

Tau set up the goal for South Africa with a lovely turn which took out Nigeria's back-three defence line of William Troost-Ekong, Leon Aderemi Balogun and Kenneth Omeruo in one swoop, thereby setting him up for the day's biggest individual prize.

After losing their opening match in Group E 2-0 to Bafana Bafana previous year, the Super Eagles revived their hope with a 3-0 win over Seychelles in Victoria in September.

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