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FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

Nigeria put in an awful display in their first AFCON 2017 Qualifier played at the Goodswill Akpabio stadium in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom state.

Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau scored two second half goals as the Eagles were defeated 2 - 0 by their rivals.

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

Tokelo Rantie (right)

The victory which is South Africa's first in a competitive match in Nigeria saw the Eagles start brightly.

WIlfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo seeing early efforts just go wide. Kelechi Iheanacho also reacted too slowly to meet a pass by Iwobi with Khune acting as a sweeper-keeper and clearing the danger.

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South Africa grew into the game and Vilekazi saw an effort strike the post after Akpeyi failed to clear a cross from Dolly from the net.

The second half saw the Eagles start brightly once again, Ndidi seeing a volley go over the bar.

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

Ndidi saw numerous efforts go wide

Things would however change when SA who were already playing on the counter finally opened the scoring.

Elderson Echiejile thought he was fouled and was unable to track back on the right as Zwane's cross is headed in by Tokelo Rantie.

Bafana Bafana could have added a second when Rantie and Zwane combined to free the latter on the right but his shot hit the post with Akpeyi beaten.

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The second goal came when Dolly fed substitute Tau before the half way line to leave the attacker free to run half a field to meet Akpeyi one on one.

The left footed wide man took out Akpeyi and slotted into the net to give SA a 2 - 0 victory.

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

The Super Eagles disappointed against South Africa

Super Eagles now face a uphill task to qualify for the 2019 African Cup of Nations. Libya defeated Seychelles 4 - 0 in the other group F game.

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa (AFCON 2019 Qualifier)

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FT: Nigeria 0 - 2 South Africa

Second half goals from Rantie and Percy Tau gives the Bafana Bafana the victory over Gernot Rohr's side.

90+ Etebo's freekick hits the wall and goes out for a corner.

Resulting set-piece is cleared

89' CHANCE! Furman manages to get the better of Shehu and sees himself one on one but the flight of the ball after hitting the floor makes his volley go offer. Nigeria survive

88' The Bafana Bafana are looking confident

85' Final SUB for Nigeria: Moses Simon off, Victor Osimhen on

84' SUB: Dolly, a key player today and the to assist the second goal is taken off

82' SAVE! SA almost score a third but Mathoho's header is straight at Akpeyi

80' GOOOOOOOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLL! SA score a second. Substitute Tao, who came on for Rantie is freed by Dolly from the halfway line and he is one on one.

He takes out he goalie and slides into an empty net

78' WHERE IS THE GOAL! Olarenwaju works well with Musa and Etebo to free theLeicester City man whose shot is blocked by Khune and was close to trickling into the net until Mathoho cleared

77' SHOT! Etebo frees himself and shoots wide from the right

75' SHOT! Wilfred Ndidi sees an effort go wide. He is fed by Olanrewaju from the left but his left footed volley is wide

71' Penalty? Chidozie is lucky not to concede a penalty after he made the outrageous decision to push a player in the box

70' SUB: Kayode Olarenwaju on, Kelechi Iheanacho off

69' MY WORD! SA are growing in confidence. Rantie, Zungu and Zwane leve the Eagles defence in sixes and sevens with some nice combination which sees Rantie backheel the ball bit Zwane's effort hits the post

66' SHOT! A long range effort by Langerman from the left is wide

59: SUB: Ahmed Musa on, Alex Iwobi off

58' A corner-kick delivery by Etebo meets Ndidi whose header is well wide

57' Nigeria's crosses have been poor unlike SA who have been placing good crosses into the net

56' That goal came out of nowhere, the Eagles were pleading for a freekick on Echiejile which was not given and SA attack through his wing, Zungu placing a perfect cross on Rantie's head

54' GOOOOOOOOAAAAAAAALLLLLLLL!!!! Rantie scores...against the run of play, Tokelo Rantie heads in a cross from the left

53' Twice in quick succession, Nigeria beg for a free-kick on the left but its not given. SA counter and then.....

52' As with the first half, Nigeria dominate though Stuart Baxter's side are threatening on the counter-attack

48' CHANCE! Etebo's long freeckick is cleared by a defender who almost scores an own goal

The corner kick is too far for Troost-Ekong and Bafana Bafana clear through Vilakazi

46' Second half underway... SA get us started

HT: Nigeria 0 - 0 South Africa

The referee would not give extra-time. Nigeria have more of the ball and created more opportunities although Zwane hit the post at the end of the first half

42' POST! Nigeria survive here. A cross from the left looked to have been picked up by Akpeyi but the goalie fumbles the ball and the chance falls to Zwane but the SA man decides hitting the post is better than scoring

39' CHANCE! Simon's cross/shot from the left is just tipped over by the Khune is goal. The resulting corner is too far for Chidozie.

If one thing can be noted, it is the poor quality of the crosses by Nigeria's set-piece takers and wide men

36' SA gradually growing into the match and the defender are pushing high up the pitch gradually

34' Great tackle from a defender to stop a Nigerian counter which would have seen kelechi Iheanacho free to face the goalie along.

SA attack and get a corner but it is easily cleared

33' CLEARED! The impressice Chodozie has to be alert to clear away a dangerous cross from Zwane

30' The Super Eagles have the possession and have made more attcking moves but the Bafana Bafana defense is standing strong

29' Another counter for Nigeria with Iwobi fed on the left but with little options he cannot do anything and an opportunity is wasted

26' Once again the Eagles work the ball on the right but the cross by Moses Simon is poor and cleared. Another missed opportunity

24' WOW! End to end stuff here. Rantie looked to be a threat after picking up a loose ball just in front of the Eagles box but his pass to released Dolly is picked up and Iwobi picks up the ball.

He quickly plays a one-two with Etebo and frees himself in the middle but his long cross to Iheanacho which would have seen the strike one-on-one is picked Khune

22' WHAT A MISS! Moses Simon and Iheanacho combine well on the right just inside the box with the latter laying a good ball for Etebo but the midfielder's left footed effort is just wide after he was put under pressure by a defender

20' CLEARANCE! After the Eagles clear a free-kick, Etebo feeds Iheanacho but the Man City striker is too slow to get to the ball and Khune clears

19' Onazi is forced to make a foul after Dolly looked to be starting an encouraging counter-attack

18' The chief attacking threat for SA is Rantie who is playing from the left but the Turkey based attacker is quickly closed down anytime he has the ball

17' ICYMI: Super Eagles starting XI: 1. Daniel Akpeyi, 2. Awaziem Chidozie Collins, 3. Elderson Echiejile, 5. William Ekong-Troost, 6. Wilfred Ndidi, 10. Oghenekaro Etebo, 12. Abdullahi Shehu, 14. Kelechi Iheanacho, 15. Moses Simon 18. Alex iwobi

Bafana Bafana starting XI: Khune - Mphahlele, Hlatshwayo (c), Mathoho, Langerman - Zwane, Furman, Zungu, Dolly - Vilakazi, Rantie

14' So far, the Eagles have done the bulk of the attacking play

13' CHANCE! Bafana Nafana work the ball on the left but a cross is quickly cleared by Shehu

12' PENALTY? The impressive Etebo drifts into the box and sends a cross from the right and a defender handles but the referee is not going to give that

11' SHOT! The Eagles work the ball around the ball which leads to Iwobi crossing into the box from the right which finally leads to a clearance.

Ndidi picks up the loose ball but sends his left footed volley over the bar

8' South Africa are playing on the counter here; Rantie is fed a long ball on the right but he is quickly covered and loses possession

6' Is that a penalty? Moses Simon's cross from the right falls to the feet of Iwobi who tries to take out a defender but he is tackled and loses the ball.

The players are begging for a penalty which will never be given

4' The Super Eagles have started brighter of the two sides, Troost-Ekong cannot connect with Iheanacho's cross

2' The match is being played at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Akwa-Ibom

1' kicks off.... The Super Eagles get the match started

Super Eagles starting XI: 1. Daniel Akpeyi, 2. Awaziem Chidozie Collins, 3. Elderson Echiejile, 5. William Ekong-Troost, 6. Wilfred Ndidi, 10. Oghenekaro Etebo, 12. Abdullahi Shehu, 14. Kelechi Iheanacho, 15. Moses Simon 18. Alex iwobi

Read the preview of Nigeria's match against South Africa below

- South Africa will be without Kamohelo Mokotjo and Hlompho Kekana

- Siphwe Tshabalala was not called up to the squad by new coach Stuart Baxter

- The Super Eagles drew one and won one of their previous two matches

- Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi are missing for the AFCOn 2019 Qualifiera

The Super Eagles of Nigeria face long time rivals the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to Uyo, Akwa-Ibom for an important 2019 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The match kicks off at 5pm (Nigerian time) and will be played at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, South Africa.

Super Eagles starting XI: 1. Daniel Akpeyi, 2. Awaziem Chidozie Collins, 3. Elderson Echiejile, 5. William Ekong-Troost, 6. Wilfred Ndidi, 10. Oghenekaro Etebo, 12. Abdullahi Shehu, 14. Kelechi Iheanacho, 15. Moses Simon 18. Alex iwobi

Bafana Bafana starting XI: Khune - Mphahlele, Hlatshwayo (c), Mathoho, Langerman - Zwane, Furman, Zungu, Dolly - Vilakazi, Rantie

Preview: Nigeria vs South Africa (AFCON 2019 qualifier)

The South Africa team arriving Nigeria for their clash with he Eagles

South Africa lineup with new coach Stuart Baxter but with out Kamohelo Mokotjo and Hlompho Kekana who both withdrew from the squad due to injury.

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Nigeria is missing Victor Moses and John Mikel Obi through injury but the attack will still have Arsenal midfielder Alex Iwobi, Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho and Leicester City’s speedster Ahmed Musa.

Preview: Nigeria vs South Africa (AFCON 2019 qualifier)

New South Africa coach Stuart Baxter

In warm-up friendly before this clash, Nigeria drew 1 - 1 with Corsica and defeated Togo 3 - 0 in France.

Preview: Nigeria vs South Africa (AFCON 2019 qualifier)

The Eagles will look to Kelechi Iheanacho in attack for the goals

The Bafana Bafana however do not have the kind of preparation for this clash like their rivals do.

NAIJ.com can authoritatively report that both teams are not new to each other as they have previously met at the senior level 12 times.

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History favours the Eagles ahead of the mouthwatering clash as they have won seven of those encounters, drawing 4, and losing 1 to Bafana Bafana.

Preview: Nigeria vs South Africa (AFCON 2019 qualifier)

The Eagles in training ahead of the clash

The last time both teams met was an international friendly in March, 2015 which ended 1-1.

Recall that South Africa denied Nigeria a place at the 2015 AFCON at the same venue in November, 2014. That game ended 2-2.

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