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Nigeria Qualify for AFCON 2019
The Super Eagles have put the agony of missing out on the last two African Cup of Nations behind them by qualifying for the 2019 event to be held in Cameroon despite holding the Bafana Bafana of South Africa to a 1-1 draw at the FNB stadium, Johannesburg.
The Nigeria National team qualified despite having one more game to play against Seychelles in March next year.
The Super Eagles has not participated in the finals since winning the 2013 edition in Equatorial Guinea under the tutelage of late Stephen Keshi.
They now have 10 points from five games winning three, losing one and drawing the other one, the last qualifying game will be at home against the Seychelles.
The only loss for the Super Eagles came against today’s opponent when they lost 2 nil at home in Uyo in the first match of the qualifying series.
The opening goal for Nigeria came through an own goal from Buhle Mkhwanazi. The defender deflected Samuel Kalu’s cross past his own goalkeeper.
It did not take too long for the South Africans to equalize after Parcy Tau- who was voted Man-of-the-match- unselfishly teed up Lebo Mothiba who tucked home to an open net in the 26th minute.
Ahmed Musa thought he had given Nigeria the lead when he got the ball in the back of the net following a defence-splitting pass from Alex Iwobi, but the assistant’s referee incorrectly ruled him out for offside in the 84th minute.
While Nigeria was denied the win they wanted, they would be glad to have achieved the primary assignment of qualifying for the 2019 AFCON with one game to spare.
Either Libya or South Africa will join Nigeria from Group E depending on how their game goes in March.