Afcon 2019: President Buhari praises Super Eagles’ ‘indomitable spirit’ after quarter final win

William Troost-Ekong scored a late goal as Nigeria won 2-1 against South Africa to qualify for the semi-final of the Africa Cup of Nations.

Samuel Chukwueze had bundled in the opener in the first half, but Bongani Zungu equalised with a header initially ruled out for offside. However, VAR replays showed a free-kick hit a Nigerian player on the way to him.

Football fans of both countries had thrown barbs at each other before the game, but it was only one side that celebrated into the night at the end.

Inside the stadium, fans of the host nation made it clear they weren’t watching as neutrals after they were knocked out in the previous round by the South Africans:

And there was a congratulatory message from Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari who hailed the “indomitable Nigerian spirit”:

In South Africa, many were disappointed. One famous musician described the game “as bigger than football” lamenting that South African loses to “Naija at everything”:

A South African government minister tried to look on the bright side:

Nigeria face Ivory Coast or Algeria in Sunday’s second semi-final.

Senegal, who beat Benin 1-0 earlier on Wednesday, will play either Madagascar or Tunisia in the other semi-final.

Source BBC
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