Super Eagles book AFCON 2019 spot after a labouring 1-1 draw with South Africa
Now with 10 points, the Super Eagles are sure of a top-two finish in Group E of the AFCON 2019 qualifiers.
An own goal gave Nigeriathe lead in the eighth minute but the South Africans responded with a goal in the first half to level.
There was no goal in the second half as the Super Eagles managed to get a point which sealed their qualification to AFCON 2019.
Despite knowing that draw will see them through to Cameroon 2019, the Super Eagles didn’t start the game on the backfoot.
And they should have had a goal early in the game as Ahmed Musa ran clear of the South African defence before squaring for Samuel Kalu to finish into an empty net. One of the assistant referees however wrongly ruled for offside.
In the 10th minute, there was no denying the Super Eagles as a Kalu shot took a wicked deflection off South African defender Buhle Mkhwanaz into his own net.
The South Africans came out quickly to respond and soon enough split the Super Eagles defence but Kalu did well to block a shot in the Nigerian box.
He couldn’t help when South African forward Percy Tau dribbled past Kenneth Omeruo and William Troost-Ekong before a simple pass to Lebo Mothiba to tap into an empty net.
The Bafana Bafana were level and kept threatening to take the lead but the Super Eagles held on to keep the score 1-1- at halftime.
The second half was that of few chances but Tau and Musa kept their opposition defence busy all through.
Musa thought he had gotten a winner late in the game but his celebration was cut short with an offside call.
In the end, the Super Eaglescould only manage to grab a point at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg which was enough to seal qualification to AFCON 2019.