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And the wait goes on...
It's now 3785 days (10 years and 4 months) since #Bafana beat Nigeria in a football match.— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) March 29, 2015
And the wait goes on...
It's now 3785 days (10 years and 4 months) since #Bafana beat Nigeria in a football match.
FULL TIME AT MBOMBELA STADIUM
The game ends 1 - 1! Bafana earning a draw right at the death.
Ahmed Musa just scored an AMAZING GOAL. GREAT STRIKE! @thenff @NGSuperEagles— France C. Okanu (@FCOkanu) March 29, 2015
Ahmed Musa just scored an AMAZING GOAL. GREAT STRIKE! @thenff @NGSuperEagles
85' - WHAT A STRIKE! Nigeria surge onto the attack, the ball finds Musa in space on the left, around 10 metres outside the box, he cuts in and unleashes a right footed shot into the top right corner of Khune's net.
Sublime from Musa!
Is this a friendly or not? One substitute in 78 minutes...— Joe Crann (@YesWeCrann) March 29, 2015
Is this a friendly or not? One substitute in 78 minutes...
SECOND HALF UNDERWAY
Will we have a goal this half? Nigeria kick off, they are attacking from left to right.
Some great play in the final third - it's just the final touch and composure in that box #SLlive— Clint Roper (@SoccaClint) March 29, 2015
Some great play in the final third - it's just the final touch and composure in that box #SLlive
HALF TIME AT MBOMBELA STADIUM
No goals in the first half, Bafana having 9 attempts on goal, 3 on target. Nigeria have had 4 shots on goal, 2 on target. The visitors have had 57% of the possession.
FULL TIME: Two late goals made it South Africa 1-1 Nigeria at the final whistle. Thanks for reading.
We had to wait for our goals but we eventually got them.
Bongani Zungu equalizes right at the death. The first effort is saved but the Sundowns's player manages to put it in on the rebound.
GOAL for South Africa!
There will be four minutes added on here.
It has been a game of many half-chances but few big opportunities. SA failed to capitalize on their penalty while Nigeria made their one moment of magic count.
It looks like the CSKA Moscow forward has won it for the Nigerians, who just can't seem to lose to Bafana.
GOAL! Ahmed Musa gives Nigeria a late lead. He cut in from the left flank and curled it into the far corner. Khune just gets fingertips to it but he can't keep it out of the top corner. Great goal. SA 0, Nigeria 1.
The corner is deep and relatively tame, allowing Akpeyi to come out and gather it with ease.
But alas! It takes a deflection and goes out for a corner. SA to keep up the pressure.
SA have a chance to sneak a late winner with a free kick. It's not far out the box and quite central, making this a pretty good chance to finally beat Daniel Akpeyi.
Both team's make a substitution as we enter the last ten minutes. We'll soon see if either of these teams have a goal in them.
SA make their first change with Lehlohonolo Majoro coming on for Tokelo Rantie.
Some good football from SA gets Erick Mathoho to the byline, but there's nobody waiting for his cutback. It was the kind of play that can cut through defences if there's somebody waiting in the box to get on the end of it.
This time it's Nigeria who apply the high pressure and almost get an opportunity from it, but SA manage to clear. They're going to have to be careful if they want to pass it out from defence.
Nigeria make another substitution, their fourth of the match, while SA remain with the eleven who started.
SA had another chance immediately after the penalty but still could not find the breakthrough and Nigeria survive.
The keeper saved a weak penalty and the clearance on the follow up was almost an own goal, but it bounced off the post and, eventually, out to safety.
Andile Jali has his penalty saved. He can't get it in on the follow up either and it comes off the post.
Serero manages to get the ball out of his feet just in time to be fouled and the ref points straight to the spot.
Penalty to South Africa!
SA captain Thulani Hlatshwayo is now also down injured, but he also seems to have recovered.
It looks like we've got an injury here as Leon Balogun goes down clutching his foot. He should be fine though and comes back onto the pitch.
Nigeria have their own free kick from a deep position. In the end it's neither a shot nor a cross and floats harmlessly over Khune's goal.
Serero fires the free kick well wide but the team did a good job to earn it in the first place. The pressure on the Nigerians has stopped them from playing out from the back while also earning free kicks and keeping the opposition on their toes.
SA's pressure on the Nigeria defence pays off. John Ogu gets a yellow card and Bafana have a free kick.
And we're back under way for the second half in Nelspruit.
HALF TIME: Nigeria huddle together as SA leave the pitch with the scores still 0-0.
An extra minute was added to the end of the first half, after which the players head in for the break without a goal.
South Africa counterattack quickly but can't get a shot away before a cutback from the byline goes across the box with nobody to get on the end of it. SA can't say they haven't had a few chances to grab an opener before half time.
Another South African free-kick ends in a goal-kick, before Nigeria's Aaron Samuel fires a shot just wide of Khune's goal.
A south Africa free-kick blazes past the Nigeria goal. It was off target but not a bad effort.
Jali almost got some reward for chasing down the Nigerian keeper. It only went out for a throw, but was indicative of the pressure the South African players have been applying to the Nigerian's when in possession.
At the half hour mark we're still goalless here, but Bafana seem to have the upper hand at the moment as they are applying steady pressure to the Nigerian defence.
Some impressive build up play from Bafana ends in Andile Jali's shot being deflected over the Nigeria goal.
SA come close again, earning a corner. Both team's have had plenty of half-chances to open the scoring but Nigeria goalie Daniel Akpeyi takes the goalkick with the scoreline still 0-0.
Both team's have come close in the last few minutes. With a bit more precision in their attacking play either side could have opened the scoring.
There an early switch for Nigeria as Godfrey Oboabona replaces Kenneth Omeruo in defence.
Two successive Nigeria corners are seen out by Bafana, as they deal successfully with another little spell of pressure.
Nigeria are putting some pressure on the SA defence, who are holding firm so far while the attack are looking dangerous as well.
SA come close after working the ball forward and Bongani Zungu has his shot tipped over.
The first save of the game for Khune is an easy one from the free kick.
Nigeria earn themselves an early free kick as Aaron Samuel tries to push his way through the defence.
Bafana kick off and the match is underway.
Ahmed Musa of CSKA Moscow captain's the Nigeria team alongside Lazio's Ogenyo Onazi and Hope Akpan of Reading in midfield.
There are some familiar faces missing from the Nigeria team as they line up for the national anthems. Premier League stars John Obi Mikel, Victor Moses and Brown Ideye are all absent today.
The team's are walking out onto the pitch as kick-off approaches.
Starting team: Khune, Hlatshwayo (c), Mathoho, Coetzee, Matlaba, Manyisa, Zungu, Jali, Serero, Rantie, Vilakazi
Subs: Mabokgwane, Khuzwayo, Nhlapo, Cardoso, Khumalo, Ntshangase, Mokotjo, Alexander, Masango, Patosi, Phala, Majoro
Shakes Mashaba named his starting eleven yesterday. Thulani Hlatshwayo takes the captain's armband in the absence of Dean Furman, whose place in midfield is filled by Bongani Zungu. Ajax Amsterdam midfielder Thulani Serero starts but Kamohelo Mokotjo of Twente and Ayanda Patosi of Lokeren do not.
Hello and welcome to live commentary of South Africa against Nigeria at Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit. Watch this space for team news and all the action as it happens
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