Nigeria have qualified for the AFCON 2019 in Cameroon after they drew 1-1 with South Africa in Johannesburg. This would be their 18th appearance.
The Super Eagles have received praises for their performances over the course of their qualification for AFCON 2019, and notably, President Muhammadu Buhari, whom congratulated the Super Eagles over their qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
The statement read: “President Buhari congratulates Super Eagles on their qualification for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following the score draw against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Johannesburg Saturday.
“President joins millions of football-loving Nigerians in commending the team for their spirited and disciplined performance against a very formidable opponent which earned them qualification with the final match against Seychelles a mere formality.”
“Having keenly followed the senior national football team’s progress in the qualifying stages, President Buhari is enthused by their confidence, sense of patriotism and professionalism, and commends these attributes to other Nigerians.”
“He equally commends the coaching crew, NFF and the Supporters Club, especially Nigerians residing in S/Africa who turned out in great numbers to cheer the players, for a job well-done, and assures them of the unflinching support of the FG going forward.”
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An own goal from South Africa defender, Buhle Mkhwanazi, and a strike from striker, Lebo Mothiba ensured both sides got a point.
Nigeria should have taken the lead earlier before the 10th minute even, as Ahmed Musa’s fine run to square for Samuel Kalu to finish into the back of the net was wrongly ruled out for offside as the linesman flagged the Nigerian forward whom, after review, showed he was onside, but no VAR, so we move.
In the second half, Ahmed Musa thought he had scored a late winner in the game but his jubilation was cut short after being flagged offside.
The draw against the Bafana Bafana means Nigeria have qualified for next year’s African Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Nigeria will now take on Seychelles in their last fixture of the qualifying series.
Nigeria sit at the top of the group with 10 points, while South Africa are second place with 9 points. Libya demolished Seychelles 8-1 on Saturday which means the North African country are on 7 points and a win against South Africa in their next fixture means the Bafana Bafana will miss the AFCON 2019 in Cameroon.
Congratulations to the Super Eagles of Nigeria. They have made us proud despite losing their opening game.