South Africa have broken the 25-year jinx against Nigeria as they secured a 2-0 win over the Super Eagles to claim their first competitive win at the Goodswill Akpabio Stadium on Saturday.
It was the Super Eagles who manage to get the first attempt, as Bafana goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was compelled to beat away Kelechi Iheanacho’s well-struck shot on 13 minutes.
Then the visitors soon found the kind of fluency which saw them snatch a 2-2 attract Uyo two years back. Tekelo Rantie discovered Subosiso Vilakazi on the edge of the zone but his shot was serenely saved by Daniel Akpeyi while the Genclerbeligi man menaced again, but, Keagan Dolly neglected to connect with his prodding cross.
Oghenekaro Etebo was few mile from netting after his low shot went past Khune but didn’t found the net and Moses Simon forced Khune to spared his pounding strike
The Bafana Bafana practically silenced the Uyo fans in the 43rd minute. Thambe Zwane’s shot hit the bar as both sides counterbalanced each other in the opening 45 minutes.
The second half started with Nigeria on the attack only for Dean Furman to clear the threat. South Africa at that point led the pack in the 54th minute as Rantie breaks the deadlock with a great header from inside the box after a decent cross by Mphahlele on the right-hand side.
Tebogo Langerman had an opportunity to amplify Bafana lead in the 67th minute but could only shoot wide. Zwane then hit the upright again in the 71st minute as Bafana looked to double their lead.
In the 72nd minute, Olanrewaju Kayode was brought on for Iheanacho, Ndidi went close for the Eagles with 15 minutes left yet his effort went right over the bar.
In the 78 minutes, Nigeria practically forced an equaliser as Ahmed Musa and Etebo threatened in the penalty area and South Africa just needed Dean Furman to make an urgent clearance from almost under his own crossbar.
A bid to rescue the circumstance saw the team go full scale for a corner kick and left Daniel Akpeyi unprotected. The South African second goal landed in the 81st minute, with Keagan Dolly giving an impeccably weighted cross to substitute Tau, who exploited this slip-up and smash the ball home with his first touch of the game subsequent to beating the offside trap, went round Daniel Akpeyi and finished it off splendidly to make it 2-0.
The Super Eagles dictated things for a larger part of the game but neglected to step up and would now look for redemption in their next qualifying game against Seychelles.
The Eagles paid the consequences for failing to convert the numerous cham=nces they got while likewise making extremely obvious the nonattendance of John Mikel Obi and Victor Moses.