Super Eagles of Nigeria once again confirmed their superiority over the Bafana Bafana of South Africa as the Nigerians edged them out of the 32rd edition of the African Cup of Nations holding in Egypt.
The magnificient Cairo Stadium was filled to the brim and the Egyptians were routing for the Eagles to make a mincemeat of the South Africans. But the highly technical match became a ding-dong affair as both teams took precautionary measures to keep each other at bay.
The Eagles however broke the deadlock in the 27th minute with a beautiful combination from Ahmed Musa, Alex Iwobi and Samuel Chukwueze who slotted in a superb pass from Iwobi.
The entire stadium erupted in wild jubilation and cheers that shook the foundation of the ediffice that wil host the final match next week.
The Eagles literally went to sleep after the curtain raiser and the South African raided the defence with ease but could not finish well in the final third of the pitch.
The second half did not produce any spectacular moves until the 71st minute when a freekick against Nigeria was deflected by Idion Ighalo and was headed in by the Bafana defender Bongani Zunguto to draw level with Nigeria.
Three minutes into the regulation time, a perfect corner from Moses Simon was easily tapped in by William Troost-Ekkong to put Nigeria ahead again and also hand the semi-final ticket to the Nigerians.