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South Africa players celebrate beating Egypt

They maintain their unbeaten status against the west African country when they played 1-1 int he second leg of their AFCON 2019 qualifiers in November 2018.

Nigeria finished day 20 of the Africa Cup of Nations with a dramatic 2-1 quarter-final win over South Africa.

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Gernot Rohr admitted Nigeria were lucky to score the winning goal in their 2-1 victory over South Africa on Wednesday. Have your say in the comments section below. I salute South Africa for having a great team.

In one of the most remarkable stories in the competition's history, Madagascar have defied the odds to reach the quarter-finals, with Amada's opening goal in the last game a spectacular 25-yard strike that tailed away from the keeper and flew in off the post.

The Super Eagles are on the back of three wins, scoring five goals in the process and have conceded four goals.

Meanwhile, the last time the South Africans lost to Nigeria was in a friendly match on 14 August 2013, and since then, they have avoided losing to the Eagles in all competitions.

Chukwueze pointed out that the Super Eagles will try harder to beat the Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium. "We are happy that you've provided him with that good platform to improve and I think he is improving", Okocha said.

South Africa wouldn't lie down after the restart and soon pulled back level through an expertly-taken Bongani Zungu header, though it would ultimately be heartache for Bafana Bafana as William Troost-Ekong headed home a goal of his own in the 89th minute to send Nigeria through.

The quarter-finals of the Africa Cup Of Nations are finally upon us and coming up our way today are two sides who have enjoyed the most flawless runs in the tournament up till now.

Forward Lebo Mothiba had before the tournament boldly likened the team's training sessions to those of Barcelona, but such boasts seemed foolish as their cautious approach saw them fail to register shots on goal in two of three group games. They did, however, grab a 1-0 win over Namibia to finish third in Group D and secure a place in the round of 16 as one of the third best-placed teams. "I think everybody here has been criticised one way or another but you don't let that get to you", said Ighalo.

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