Fortuitous or call it whatever you want, the result was a winning goal scored by defender, William Troost-Ekong in the 90th minute of a thrilling game at the Cairo International Stadium yesterday. It was enough to give the Super Eagles a 2-1 defeat of old enemy, South Africa in their quarterfinal game.
A lot was made of South Africa’s newfound fame as giant slayers following their round of 16 defeat of hosts, Egypt, complete with Mo Salah. But in the Super Eagles, the Bafana Bafana met a team that was not ready to yield grounds in their quest for the last four of Africa’s most prestigious sports competition.
The Super Eagles bossed the first half and could have scored more than the lone strike put in by Samuel Chukwueze, but for some wayward finishing in front of goal.
The Super Eagles took the lead in the 28th minute through Chukwueze, who finished off a one-two move by Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi down the left.