Nigeria-South Africa Duels Always Brace-Laden

Nigeria-South Africa Duels Always Brace-Laden

BY BOLAJI OKUNOLA

Saturday’s Africa Cup of Nations’ qualifying match that pitches Nigeria against South Africa will be the 13th clash of both countries at the senior level. Sports Village Square recalls that half of the past 12 encounters produced players that scored two goals, which in football parlance is called brace.

The last competitive encounter of both teams, incidentally at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium which is also hosting Saturday’s match, produced brace achievers on both sides.

South Africa’s Tokelo Rantie scored in each half before Omatsone Aluko also achieved his own brace for Nigeria in the second half.

Before then, Rashidi Yekini had opened the brace-laden encounters when he scored two goals in a 4-0 defeat of South Africa in 1992.  This was followed up by Tijani Babangida who scored the two goals with which Nigeria eliminated South Africa in the quarterfinals of 2000 Africa Cup of Nations in Lagos.

When both side met again in the group game of 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in Tunisia, Osaze Odemwingie scored two late goals to join the brace scorers. Sports Village Square also recall that the encounter saw Nigeria’s captain, Austin ‘Jay Jay’ Okocha, scoring the milestone 1000th goal in the Africa Cup of Nation’s history.

When Nigeria met South Africa in the Mandela International Challenge on August 14, 2013, Uche Nwofor scored the two goals with which Nigeria beat South Africa in the last edition of the series in Nelson Mandela’s lifetime.

Nigeria beat South Africa 3-1 on home soil in the 2014 African Nations Championship (CHAN).  Ejike Uzoenyi was the two-goal hero. It was not until the last time both met in Uyo that South Africa had its first opportunity of scoring against Nigeria outside their shores and also achieved their first brace when Tokelo profited from two defensive blunders to score in 42nd and 48th minutes. Nigeria’s Omatsone Aluko replied with a brace later in the game.

 

 

Nigeria versus South Africa: Head-to-Head

  • October 10, 1992, Lagos: Nigeria 4-0 South Africa: Brace by Rashidi Yekini
  • January 16, 1993, J’bourg: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria
  • February 10, 2000, Lagos: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa: Brace by Tijani Babangida
  • January 31, 2004, Monastir: South Africa 0-4 Nigeria: Brace by Osaze Odemwingie
  • November 17, 2004, J’bourg: South Africa 2-1 Nigeria
  • June 1, 2008, 2008, Abuja: Nigeria 2-0 South Africa
  • September 6, 2008, Port Elizabeth: South Africa 0-1 Nigeria
  • August 14, 2013, Durban: South Africa 0-2 Nigeria: Brace by Uche Nwofor
  • January 19, 2014, Cape Town: South Africa 1-3 Nigeria: Brace by Ejike Uzoenyi
  • September 10, 2014, Cape Town: South Africa 0-0 Nigeria
  • November 19, 2014, Uyo: Nigeria 2-2 South Africa: Brace by Tokelo Rantie (South Africa), Sone Aluko (Nigeria)
  • March 29, 2015, Cape Town: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria

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