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AFCON 2019: Chukwueze and Ekong goals send Nigeria into semi finals spot

NFF hunts for African opposition, after sealing Nigeria vs. Brazil friendly

Nigeria’s Super Eagles took the lead through Villarreal striker Samuel Chukwueze as he controlled Alex Iwobi’s cross to net his first goal for Nigeria. William Troost-Ekong sealed the victory when he scored a dramatic late winner to send Nigeria into the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) semi-final against the Bafana Bafana of  South Africa.

Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside before VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him.

Nigeria face either Ivory Coast or Algeria in Sunday’s second semi-final (20:00 BST).

The Super Eagles were deserved winners and led through Villarreal youngster Chukwueze’s first goal for his country. They should have been ahead by more when Williams pushed Peter Etebo’s free-kick onto the bar.

Zungu’s goal was the first in the Africa Cup of Nations given by the VAR, which has just been introduced for the quarter-finals. It looked offside initially but Percy Tau’s free-kick hit Nigeria’s Odion Ighalo on the way on to Amiens midfielder Zungu’s head.

The game looked set for extra time before Williams flapped at a cross to leave Troost-Ekong with a simple finish.

Senegal, who beat Benin 1-0 earlier on Wednesday, play either Madagascar or Tunisia in the other semi-final.

Nigeria are the second side in the semi-final after Senegal beat Benin earlier in the day.


Anthony Nlebem