Eagles Draw With Bafana In Jo’burg, Bag AFCON 2019 Spot

Eagles Draw With Bafana In Jo’burg, Bag AFCON 2019 Spot

By Johnny Edward:
After missing out on the last two editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, the Super Eagles have qualified for the 2019 edition in Cameroo after they played out a 1-1 draw with hosts South Africa in a crunch Group E qualifying match at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg, reports Completesportsnigeria.com.

But the main talking point from the match were two Super Eagles’ goals ruled out by the match officials. Musa teed up Iheanacho for an easy tap in but the goal was ruled out for an offside. Later in the 83rd minute of ,Bafana were let off the hook after Musa had the ball in the back of the net, but his goal was controversially disallowed with a wrong offside decision.

An own goal from Buhle Mkhwanazi in the ninth minute gave the Super Eagles the lead, but an easy tap in from Lebo Mothiba in the 26th minute restored parity for the hosts.

The Super Eagles started off brightly with the Bafana Bafana finding it difficult to curtail the pacy forwards of the Nigerian team.

Al-Nassr forward Ahmed Musa carved out the first chance of the team but his goal bound shot was blocked by the Bafana Bafana defence in the sixth minute of the encounter.

An exchange of great passes between Iwobi and Musa on the edge of the South African 18 yard box, resulted in Musa’s shot causing minimal fuss for Itumeleng Khune who was in goal for the Bafana Bafana.

Samuel Kalu then broke down the right flank and his cross was was deflected in by Mkhwanazi.

South Africa drew level in the 26th minute through Lebo Mothiba. Percy Tau skipped past the Super Eagles defence before laying up a delightful pass for RC Strasbourg Alsace striker, Mothiba to tap in.

In the 36th minute, Iheanacho’s first touch let him down as he failed to control a pass from close range to score.

At the start of the second half, the pace of the game dropped with both teams restricted to set piece and long range shots at goal.

John Ogu saw his header cleared off the line in the 58th minute off an Ahmed Musa corner.

Omeruo also missed a great chance to score from a set piece and hand Nigeria the lead in the 70rh minute of the encounter despite rising highest to meet Samuel Kalu’s well weighted free kick.

In the other group E fixture, Libya trounced Seychelles 8-1. Anis Mohamed Saltou scored a hat-trick while strikes from Motasem Sabbou, Khalid Almaryami, Salem Baleid , Rabia Al Shadi and Hamdou El Houni secured an emphatic win for Mediterranean Knights.

Libya remains third despite their huge win in Victoria, Seychelles.

Nigeria now have ten points from five games with a game left to play while South Africa remain second on nine points from the same number of games.

COMMENTS

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  • Supatemmy 4 weeks ago

    Congrats to super eagles, that officiating is nothing but a disgrace to African football. Iheanacho wasn’t in this match at all,Etebo gave away the goal with his backward control,Isaac Success should have come in immediately 2nd half starts,Rohr need to work on our set pieces…. Not a bad one.

  • Jensen Joshua 4 weeks ago

    You guys played nonsense…
    poor officiating by the lines man we could have won 3 v 1

  • Austin 4 weeks ago

    it is not easy playing an away game especially when some players in the team considered as key players are injured. However with the game played against South Africa, someone like iheanacho should take the back seat for now pending when he improves. Rohr needs to improve tactically and his substitutions should come right on time. Too much of conservatism should be less applied in football. I tip Libya to beat this boastful South Africa so as to eliminate them from the upcoming AFCON.

    • Jones 4 weeks ago

      Good constructive criticism. Not being hateful and negative like omo9ja and chima

  • I want to congratulate nigerian Super Eagles.
    I want to congratulate Ikechukwu Ezenwa.
    His time has come.
    As match rusty as he is, he did excellent.
    I hope he gets mor chances to excell and sell himself so that we can have a good backup and challenge to Uzoho.

    If only Nigeria was a nation where patrotism and Merit is a virtue and rewarded.

    Garba and Emmanuel Amuneke should be assisting Rho to make him better and make the SE better and then we have the two as successors ready to role as soon as Rho goes.

    • I agree with you on Amunike @CJ. Now, Tanzania has snapped him up and he could qualify them for Afcon 2019.

      On the match, Nigeria clearly won 3-1, but the ref/linesman wanted to please Baxter and SA. Iwobi was not in this match, kept losing the ball. Too tentative on the ball. Ogu will certainly continue on the bench. Ndidi was sorely missed in the middle and Ighalo would have buried the ball Kelechi miscued. The ref was afraid to add extra minutes. Musa’s experience showed a lot.

    • @ C J, I thought we have that already, Salish Yusuf, though serving suspension but he’ll be back to his duty post. Someone in the glass House said he will resume after his suspension.

      About the match, well it was a battle on two fronts first the weather then the pacy and fast SA side. The absence of Ndidi at the midfield was clear and I thought if Ighalo is missing everyone expected Isaac Success to be in the starting line up but for unknown reasons Kelechi got the nod. I more than anyone else wanted to see the Villarreal teen sensation in action for a firsthand assessment of how what it will be like if kalu plays on the right and the lad plays on the left, the two wingers will be a joy to watch.
      Musa and kalu both played well but I think Ogu is not a good replacement for Ndidi perhaps Agu and some other untested players should be tried against Seychelles.
      Maybe Kelechi will come alive if he plays along side Success who knows?

  • Chairmanfemi 4 weeks ago

    Actual score line
    RSA 1-3 NGA

  • Victor 4 weeks ago

    Africa Ref Are Disappointment to this beautiful game,poor officiating from the officials.

  • David Tukura 4 weeks ago

    The real score line is Nigeria 3 South Africa:.1. The match officials are a disgrace to African soccer. 

  • David 4 weeks ago

    The real score line is Nigeria 3 South Africa 1  The match officials are a disgrace to African soccer. What a show of shame in Johannesburg.

  • George 4 weeks ago

    Shame and annoying best described the officiating. Even a rookie official should see those calls were never offside. Money changed hands obviously.

  • Beryl 4 weeks ago

    dn’t blame kele, it was a mistake. Blame the horrible africa refereeing. Lets join hands and take this to caf to start using VAR, because i can see VAR was made for africa, not other continent.