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Nigeria Sends Bafana Crashing Out

African Nations Championship

Result: South Africa 1-3 Nigeria

Date: 19 January 2014

Venue: Cape Town Stadium

Nigeria beat South Africa 3-1 at the Cape Town Stadium in their Group A CHAN match on Sunday evening, to send the host crashing out of the tournament.

Ejike Uzoenyi gave Nigeria the lead, before Ifeanyi Ede added a second from the penalty spot. Uzoenyi added a second in the second half, before Bernard Parker pulled one back for South Africa from the penalty spot.

Bafana had a number of chances, especially in the second half, but after two inconsistent performances, Nigerian captain and goalkeeper Chigozie Agbim had a blinder in goal, pulling off a number of top saves.

Mali beat Mozambique 2-1 in the other game to top the group, with Nigeria second, and Bafana third.

In the fourth minute Bernard Parker was set up by Lindokuhle Mbatha, but Parker’s shot from just inside the box went straight at Chigozie Agbim.

Two minutes later and Agbim was called into action again as he palmed away Siphiwe Tshabalala’s free kick.

In the ninth minute Rabiu Ali tried a shot from outside the box, but he skied his shot over the goal.

In the 12th minute Tshabalala set up Matty Pattison, but his first-time effort was mis-kicked and went wide to the right.

Hlompho Kekana had a chance for Bafana in the 18th minute, but his long range effort went straight at Agbim.

A minute later Ifeanyi Ede had a chance for Nigeria, but his header went safely to Moeneeb Josephs.

In the 20th minute Tshabalala sent in a good free kick and Thabo Nthethe rose well to head it at goal but Agbim got down to make the save.

Nigeria went into the lead in the 22nd minute when Ejike Uzoenyi got on to the end of a ball and drilled it past Josephs to make it 1-0.

Abullahi Shehu tried a long range effort in the 25th minute, but his shot flew high over the goal.

On the half hour mark Nigeria were awarded a penalty when Josephs brought down Gbolahan Salami, after he was unable to control a ball into the box.

Ede stepped up to the spot and despite Josephs getting a hand to the ball, it went into the goal.

In the 34th minute Parker went close with a header from a Tebogo Langerman cross, but it went just wide to the right.

Just before half-time substitute Katlego Mashego was set up by Parker, but he pushed his shot just wide of goal.

Josephs was back in action in the 50th minute when Ede broke free and took a shot from the edge of the area, but the keeper got down well to make a good save.

In the 60th minute Parker had a great chance for Bafana as he beat the off-side trap, but his overhead kick attempt went straight to Agbim.

Two minutes later Mashego sent in a curling effort from the edge of the area, but Agbim made a great one handed diving save to deny him.

Nigeria made it 3-0 in the 64th when that mean Uzoenyi finished a great move, and his shot from the edge of the area beat Josephs.

Uzoenyi almost had a hat-trick in the 71st minute but his shot struck the cross bar and bounced back into play.

Nigeria were reduced to ten men in the 74th minute when Solomon Kwambe received a red card, and three minutes later Vuyo Mere got his marching orders after a second yellow for South Africa to be down to ten too.

South Africa were awarded a penalty in the 80th minute after Mashego was brought down in the box, and Parker stepped up and converted to make it 3-1.

Lerato Chabangu had a chance in the 85th minute but his shot from outside the area took a deflection, and Agbim got down to save.

Mashego had another good chance in the 88th minute, but his shot was well saved by Agbim, who deflected it out.

Tefu Mashamaite had a chance from a corner in the 90th minute, but his header went wide to the right, and seconds later he was almost in again, but Agbim made the save at his feet.

This is how they started:

South Africa: Moeneeb Josephs, Vuyo Mere, Tebogo Langerman, Thabo Nthethe [c], Tefu Mashamaite, Hlompho Kekana, Matty Pattison, Lindokuhle Mbatha, Sibusiso Vilakazi, Bernard Parker, Siphiwe Tshabalala

Nigeria: Chigozie Agbim, Solomon Kwambe, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Odunlami Kunle, Erhun Obanor, Bright Eseme, Rabiu Ali, Abullahi Shehu, Ejike Uzoenyi, Gbolahan Salami, Ifeanyi Ede

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