Second half goals by Tokelo Rantie and Percy Tau broke the back of the Super Eagles and ensured a brilliant start to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying campaign for the Bafana Bafana in Uyo on Saturday. It marked the first time South Africa would beat Nigeria in a competitive match.
A young Nigerian squad dominated the opening period against the South Africans at the same venue where both teams’ 2-2 draw in November 2014 ensured the Super Eagles missed the cut for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations. But they could not get past a defenceline marshaled by Tebogo Langerman, Erick Mathoho, Dean Furman and Ramahlwe Mphahlele.
Wilfred Ndidi lifted his shot too high in the 11thminute, and two minutes later, Nigeria thought they should have been awarded a penalty as the ball touched the hand of a sprawling defender from a tendentious Oghenekaro Etebo run.