Nigeria return to Africa Cup of Nations

Sherman Parsons
November 19, 2018

Libya will now qualify for the Nations Cup if they beat Bafana Bafana in their final match next March.

The Eagles returned to the country Sunday morning from South Africa after they had sealed their qualification to next year's AFCON in Cameroon.

Governor Okowa made the comment through his Chief of Staff, Tam Brisbe on Sunday, November 18, while receiving the Super Eagles on arrival at the Asaba International Airport after their qualifying match for AFCON with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Bafana Bafana captain Thulani Hlatshwayo.

Mothiba might not have had the service but bustled against big, physical defenders and added to his impressive strike record with his fourth goal in five senior starts.

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The Super Eagles opened the scoring inside 10 minutes of play before the host drew level just before the half time break.

One such intricate build-up down the left flank saw the unsafe Saudi-based Ahmed Musa teed up on the edge of the area to force a diving save from Itumeleng Khune. It was the first goal conceded by the South Africans in the qualifiers. Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho and Samuel Kalu were in the attack.

Now Bafana must do the business against Libya because a loss will make Baxter look back and rue the goalless draw against the Seychelles away last month. The weather was tough for both teams and players coming from Europe. Early on Mothiba teed up Serero for a volley in the area, directly in front of goal, the Vitesse player miscuing over the bar. Deservedly so, he was substituted for Thembinkosi Lorch in the 60th minute.

The President's Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in a statement in Abuja, said Buhari joined millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against the Bafana Bafana.

"It is more gratifying to note that the Super Eagles trained at the Stephen Keshi Stadium before leaving for South Africa through the Asaba Airport; they went to South Africa and qualified for Cameroon 2019, " the governor said.

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