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Super Eagles Soar to AFCON Final

In a thrilling semifinal clash at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake, Ivory Coast, the Super Eagles of Nigeria triumphed over Bafana Bafana of South Africa, securing their spot in the African Cup of Nations finals after a tense penalty shootout.

The breakthrough came when African Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen, was brought down in the box by Mothobi Mvala, earning Nigeria a crucial penalty. Captain William Troost-Ekong coolly converted from the spot in the 67th minute, giving Nigeria a 1-0 lead.

Osimhen seemed to double Nigeria’s advantage with a clinical finish, but VAR intervened, ruling out the goal due to a foul in the build-up. Instead, South Africa capitalized on a penalty opportunity, with Teboho Mokoena levelling the score at 1-1.

The game remained deadlocked, forcing extra time, where both teams had their chances. However, it was Nigeria who seized the opportunity when Moffi was fouled at the edge of the box, resulting in a red card for South Africa.

In the ensuing penalty shootout, Nigeria emerged victorious, with goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili making two crucial saves to secure a 4-2 win.

Nigeria’s resilient performance in the AFCON semifinals sets the stage for an exciting final as they aim to add another trophy to their illustrious history in African football.

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