South Africa shock Nigeria in CAN qualifier

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Despite fielding FC Ifeanyi Ubah's Ikechukwu Ezenwa during the two games Nigeria played in France, Corsica and Togo, Rohr's choice on match day was Akpeyi who was not lucky to have conceded two goals in the second-half of the crucial match.

Tokelo Rantie's 54th minute near post header past the South Africa-based Akpeyi and Percy Tau's effort, who beat the offside trap, rounded the keeper outside the box before racing to slot home, sealed a memorable win for the visitors.

Keagan Dolly picked the ball up and sent substitute Percy Tau clean through on goal, beating the offside trap as Nigeria were caught stranded on the opposite corner.

"We were comfortable on the ball, hit the post twice; I am absolutely delighted". They played well but they didn't score and in the second half we knew that the experienced team of South Africa could be risky and counter us and that was what happened.

"We had difficulties to finish the match physically because some of my players were exhausted".


They were also far calmer than they had been in the first half. I believe that this game we made progress with my young team of an average age of 24 years.

"We opened up the game in the first half but unfortunately we did not score".

The South Africans were struggling to contain the pacey Nigerian attack and with 22 minutes on the clock, the home side had a glorious opportunity to open the scoring.

"It is a sad result, but we win together and we lose together, and when a team gets this kind of result, it looks within and rectifies whatever shortcomings in order to achieve better results subsequently. We are trying to develop our boys and expose them", he said after the match. "It will be better, much better". Seychelles will be whipping boys in Group E, Libya perhaps a little more than that.

Incidentally, Rantie was the player whose goals stopped the Nigeria senior male football team in the 2014 nation's cup qualifier.

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