Nigeria Beats South Africa in Penalty Shootout, Plays Ivory Coast in Final

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Wednesday night conquered the Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalties to edge into the final of the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Bourke, Cote d’ivoire.

The victory was sealed after a semi-final clash which ended 1-1 on regulation time before the extra time failed to produce a winner.

It was Kelechi Iheanacho who made his debut at the tournament that scored the winning penalty.

Before regulation time, Victor Osimhen had scored a second for Nigeria but the referee going to his video monitor disallowed the goal.

He then awarded a penalty to South Africa.

Teboho Mokoena converted from the spot in the 90th minute to send the game into a goalless period of extra-time.

But the midfielder was one of two South African players to see their spot-kicks saved by goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali as the Super Eagles triumphed to reach Sunday’s final, where they will play Ivory Coast who also defeated Democratic Republic of Congo by 1-0.

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