AFCON 2023: Can Nigeria Succeed Against South Africa in the Semi-final?

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Nigeria and South Africa are poised to clash in the semi-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) at the Stade de la Paix on Wednesday night. Kick-off is at 5pm GMT.

Nigeria arrive boasting impressive form, having won four consecutive games, drawing just once, scoring six goals, and conceding only one. They are riding a wave of confidence after dispatching Angola in the quarter-finals. This marks their 15th appearance in the AFCON semi-final, making them a seasoned contender.

South Africa, meanwhile, overcame a tense penalty shootout against Cape Verde after the match remained goalless throughout regulation and extra time. They have won two games, drawn two, and lost one in the tournament, scoring six goals and conceding two. This marks their first semi-final appearance since 2000, the year they were eliminated by Nigeria.

History promises an intense battle, with the teams splitting wins and draws in their last three encounters. The most recent clash saw Nigeria edge out South Africa 2-1 in the 2019 AFCON.

The winner of this highly anticipated match will face either Ivory Coast or DR Congo in the final, scheduled for February 11,2024.

Don’t miss this epic showdown between two powerhouses.

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