The Super Eagles of Nigeria have qualified for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) with a 1-1 draw against South Africa at the FNB Stadium on Saturday afternoon.
The Super Eagles now have 10 points, with one game to spare.
Eagles skipper Ahmed Musa interchanged passes with Kelechi Iheanacho before releasing a curler which was brilliantly taken by goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune in the sixth minute of of play.
Nigeria opened scoring through an own goal from Buhle Mkhwanazi. The defender deflected Samuel Kalu’s cross past his own goalkeeper.
Percy Tau should have equalised for Bafana Bafana but he was stopped in his tracks by Kalu, before Khune’s quick reaction save spared Thamsanqa Mkhize’s blushes after the fullback mistimed his back pass, almost letting Musa through on goal.
In the 26th minute, South Africa were back on level terms. Tau tore apart the Eagles defence before unselfishly setting up Lebo Mothiba who tucked home to an open net.
Musa found the back of the net following a defence splitting pass from Iwobi, but the assistant’s flag was raised for offside in the 84th minute.
Nigeria’s qualification means that this will be the first time after 4 years in charge under Amaju Pinnick leadership,that Nigeria will get a ticket for a continental showpiece.
The last time the Super Eagles of Nigeria was at AFCON finials was in 2013,when they won the most coveted Africa trophy under the guidance of Late Stephen Keshi.
Nigeria have now picked the first slot in Group E to secure her place in next year’s AFCON in Cameroon.The Bafana of South Africa will need to overcome Libya who still have a chance after thier 8-1 demolision of Seychelles in the Group’s last game.