Nigeria came out on top in a thrilling contest at the Stade Mohamed-Hamlaoui in Constantine, securing a 3-2 victory over South Africa in their final Group B match of the 2023 U17 CAF Africa Cup of Nations.
By virtue of the victory, the Nigeria has qualiies for the quarter-final stage of the competition and will face the winner of the game between Cameroon and Burkina Faso, as both sides would face off, Sunday.
South Africa found the back of the net in the opening minutes of the game, in what seemed like a deja vu of Nigeria’s loss to Morocco in the previous game.
The Golden Eaglets reacted well to the goal, and a few moments after restarting the game, Abubakar Abdullahi had an opportunity to bring them level just seven minutes in, but his shot from close range was wide of the mark.
Charles Agada thought he had made it even three minutes later, but the goal was disallowed for an offside call.
Nigeria maintained their drive, and their hard work was rewarded when Charles Agada met the ball with an impressive header from a corner kick, levelling the score in the 35th minute.
The Eaglets continued to create chances but they would just not connect and so in the waning minutes of the first half, South Africa surged ahead with a goal from Siyabonga Nicolas Mabena, who was set up by Mkhawana.
The goal put the Amajimbo back in the lead.
Nduka Ugbade, coach of the Golden Eaglets in a warmth embrace with Siyabonga Mabena, the MVP.
"You have a very bright future in football. Allow me to hug please," says Nduka Ugbade.
The young Mabene was simply amazed by Ugbade's gesture. pic.twitter.com/sYIK11tObH
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