Nigeria, which was able to rely on a stirring Samuel Chukwueze, was defeated by South Africa Wednesday (2-1) in the quarterfinals of the 2019 African Cup of Nations.
For a place in the final, the teammates of Ahmed Musa will meet Sunday the Ivory Coast or Algeria who will face each other on Thursday in Suez.
Confirming its status as a big fish on the continental stage with 14 places in the last four in 18 participations, Nigeria has enforced the logic and the most impressive pedigree of its players as the circles Wilfred Ndidi and Alex Iwobi, residents of the Premier League , respectively in Leicester and Arsenal.
After a very balanced first 25 minutes and no real chance on either side, Chukwueze unlocked the situation (27th) in a Cairo International Stadium with very sparse stands.
The Villareal winger, just 20 years old, managed to close close after a first miss and a favorable rebound.
Fan of Jay-Jay Okocha and Arjen Robben, world champion under 17 in 2015, Chukwueze becomes with this realization the youngest scorer of the 2019 edition of the CAN.
The wisp was a constant poison for the South African rearguard by its twirling dribbles.
The left-back Sifiso Hlanti, who had perfectly muzzled the Egyptian star Mohamed Salah in the previous round, this time had much harder to contain the original player Igbo.
The Strasbourg Lebo Mothiba has only weighed very little.
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In the second half, a free-kick from Peter Etebo was diverted to his bar by South African doorman Ronwen Williams (50).
Hero of success against the Pharaohs (1-0), Thembinkosi Lorch was replaced in the 58th minute by striker Themba Zwane.
Uncompromising until then, Stuart Baxter’s players have raised their voices in the last 20 minutes. And Bongani Zungu equalized his head on a free kick hijacked by the back of Nigerian Odion Ighalo, who involuntarily put it back into play (74th).