Nigeria vs South Africa
Welcome to the AFCON qualifier between the Super Eagles and South Africa's Bafana Bafana from Cape Town stadium in South Africa.
Updates by: Sean Parker / Follow him on Twitter: @Spaga23
FULL-TIME: South Africa (0) VS (0) Nigeria
10 September 2014
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FULL-TIME: South Africa 0 - 0 Nigeria
Nigeria have the last chance of the match with a free-kick, cleared by Furman a few yards off the line. Bafana break. The referee blows the final whistle.
One minute plus stoppage time remains, both teams are going for the jugular.
Bafana had three chances right in front of goal, the crowd are screaming but it's like pin-ball in Nigeria's box. Lucky escape for Nigeria. Jali with the last attempt, but it just didn't want to go in. It remains 0-0 in Cape Town.
Somehow Bafana survive, great cross by Musa, which lands perfectly on Ighodaro's , keeper beaten but it's cleared off the line.
Furman makes a late challenge on Obi-Mikel and receives a yellow card for his troubles, fifteen minutes to go in Cape Town and both teams will need to throw caution to the wind. The passing from Bafana hasn't been consistent and their weakness has been to hold onto the ball for too long.
Omeruo gets the ball after another poor corner from Nigeria, he tries an audacious long-range shot, but the ball flies straight over the bar. Nigeria are looking to make their second change of the match, Aluko the Hull City player is on and Igiebor departs the pitch.
Onazi delicately curls his foot around the ball, but it narrowly goes past the post. Nigeria are upping the ante as we move into the final twenty minutes of the match.
Free-kick floated in for Nigeria, but nothing comes of it. Poor delivery.
Salami is substituted and Ighodaro replaces one local player for another.
Furman puts in a good tackle and Mandla Masango breaks, sprinting down the right, he fires a shot with his left foot and it hits the side-netting. The closest anyone has come in the match.
20:19 57' Jali brought down rather robustly, and a free-kick is awarded.
20:17 54' Andile Jali is pulling the strings for Bafana Bafana, but the Super Eagles have not created any clear opportunities to take advantage of. Eminike holds up the ball well, but he doesn't have support.
20:13 50' Oupa Manyisa has on opportunity, but his shot goes over the bar. Excuse the delay, we had some technical issues on our side. All fixed.
HALF-TIME: South Africa (0) VS (0) Nigeria
Igiebor flashes at the ball towards goal, but it doesn't trouble Meyiwa at all.
19:41 36': Salami hasn't had the best night in front of the corner flag, another poor delivery.
19:33 28': The match is in a bit of a lull, neither team showing any razor sharp accuracy in front of goal, and set-pieces haven't been used properly. The crowd seem to be having more fun than the players.
19:23 18': Ejide is caught in no-mans land and again his defence comes to the rescue, nervy start to the match for Ejide. Andile Jali and Oupa Manyisa are creating all the chances for Bafana. Vilikazi pulls to the left and spreads the Nigerian defence.
19:20 15': Right after a few delays we're up and running, Eminike went down after Furman appeared to step on his face. The referee deemed it accidental, but the forward wasn't impressed. Manyisa gets into the Nigerian box, but the defense is resolute and the result is a corner to South Africa.
19:13 8': Corner to the Super Eagles, Salami takes and no one gets a head to it. The ball goes right back to Ambrose, back to Salami on the right. Furman clears after Salami is dispossessed.
19:11 6': Bafana are making all the early running, Oupa Manyisa gets an effort on goal but its blocked well. Good, bright start to the match by the home side, feeding off the energy from the home crowd.
19:08 3': Good confident start by both teams, Eminike and Mikel exchanging passes in midfield, but the ball is stolen by Dean Furman and he sets Vilikazi on his way, the striker trips and falls but no free-kick is awarded.
19:05 1': And we are off in this big clash. Sibusiso Vilikazi is brought down early in the match, he is dangerous having scored two goals against Sudan on Friday night.
19:04 We are almost ready to get underway in Cape Town, the referee places the ball on the centre circle.
19:01 South Africa's national anthem being played.
18:58 The teams are lined up and are greeting the dignitaries. Nigerian national anthem being played.
Made It! #SAVNIGpic.twitter.com/xdTvJxJY9P
Less than 30 minutes till kick-off. Will Stephen Keshi's men trounce Bafana Bafana like they did in January?
Starting line-ups:South Africa:
Senzo Meyiwa, Thulane Hlatshwayo, Thabo Matlaba, Eric Mathoho, Anele Ngcongca, Dean Furman, Andile Jali, Mandla Masango, Bongane Ndulula, Oupa Manyisa, Sibusiso Vilakazi. Nigeria
: Ejide, Echiejile, Ambrose, Omeruo, Oboabona, Onazi, Mikel, Igiebor, Musa, Salami, Emenike Match preview:
Bafana Bafana will look to kick Nigeria’s stronghold over the national team to the curb when they meet in Wednesday’s eagerly-anticipated 2015 Africa Cup of Nations group A qualifier in Cape Town.
Following an emphatic 3-0 win over Sudan in Khartoum on Friday, South Africa will set out to make history against the Super Eagles at Cape Town Stadium.
Bafana have never beaten the West Africans in a Cup of Nations or a World Cup match, making Wednesday’s second round of group A qualifiers a crucial one for the hosts, who will have to overturn 22 years of Nigerian dominance.
With the likes of Chelsea’s John Obi Mikel and Lazio’s Ogenyi Onazi set to thrill the Cape Town supporters, Furman admitted Nigeria were a team brimming with talent in all positions.
“As an individual, this is what you want. You want to be playing against the best, you want to be playing against the top clubs and countries in the world,” he said.
“What’s important is that we really go out there knowing that we can go and win this game. We have to believe that we can compete against these players.
“It’s going to be a tough game, we know they lost the other day but they’re still a top side. They’re still the African champions and they’ll be looking to get their first points on the board.”
Born in the Mother City, Furman moved to England when he was five. He began his youth career at Chelsea before moving on to current club Doncaster Rovers.
The 26-year-old was delighted to be back in his home-town.
“My earliest memories are from Cape Town and Camps Bay. I’ve been back many times and it’s always great coming back here and it’s even better playing football in front of my home city.
“Hopefully we’ll play in front of a packed crowd at the great stadium.”
Mashaba has pleaded with locals to turn out in their thousands to support Bafana Bafana -- who have had to endure some hostile crowds on the continent -- calling for a similarly daunting atmosphere for the travelling Nigerians.
“We can only hope that people come in large numbers. We need the '12th player'. We saw in Sudan, the stadium was fully packed, up to the brim and they all came to cheer their team," Mashaba said.
“Come give the boys the strength that they need. Even if things don’t go right for us, let them cheer for us and we promise them good things.”Background:
Nigeria defence on the title got off to the worst possible start when they Congo became the first country in 33 years to win a competitive match in Nigeria as theybeat the Nations Cup champions 3-2 in Calabar
with two goals from French-born striker Thievy Bifouma.
Behind the scenes, the Nigerian Football Federation has been in turmoil, but things look clearer after the NFF looks to have avoided a suspension
from World Football governing body after peace seems to be returning to the leadership of the country FA.