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Saturday, 10 June 2017

Super Eagles beaten at home by Bafana Bafana

The Super Eagles of Nigeria suffered their
first competitive loss to South Africa,
falling 2-0 at home in a 2019 Africa Cup of
Nations (AFCON) qualifier on Saturday,
June 10.
Nigeria were stunned by South Africa’s two
second half goals at the Godswill Akpabio
International Stadium in Uyo.
The Super Eagles of Nigeria were very confident
ahead of the game with the record of never
losing a competitive game to the South Africa.
Eagles boss Gernot Rohr stuck with most of the
starting XI he used for in the 3-0 win over Togo
in a friendly game a week ago.
Ahmed Musa was a surprise omission as Moses
Simon started in a front three with Kelechi
Iheanaco and Alex Iwobi.

Super Eagles started brightly but Bafana Bafana
gradually got into the game and got the best
chance of the first half in the 41st minute.
The South Africans should have taken the lead
but hit the post after Akpeyi spilled a cross.
It was all South Africa in the second half as
Bafana Bafana controlled the game.
They took the lead in the 55th minute through
Tokelo Rantie whose great header from a
Ramahlwe Mphahlele beat Akpeyi.
With the Super Eagles searching for an
equaliser, the Bafana Bafana sealed the win
with a goal from counter attack.
Keagan Dolly quickly released Percy Tau who
had only the Super Eagles goalkeeper to beat
before slotting home.

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