AGAIN FIRST SCORING TEAMS PREVAIL AT AFCON KNOCK-OUT STAGE

AGAIN FIRST SCORING TEAMS PREVAIL AT AFCON KNOCK-OUT STAGE

BY KUNLE SOLAJA

Apart from the flurry of upsets recorded at the on-going Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt, there is also an apparent custom about how winners are emerging. 

When Samuel Chukwueze opened scoring for Nigeria in the 27th minute of the quarterfinals with South Africa on Wednesday, it was almost predictable that Nigeria would emerge eventual winners.

By close of events on Wednesday night, 46 matches of the tournament’s projected 52 matches were already played. In all, only once did a team come from behind to win a match.

That was the Group C encounter of Kenya and Tanzania when the former came from a goal down to win 3-2.

In all others, especially in the knockout stage, even when a team came from behind to level up, it ended loser in the eventual penalty shootout. It happened in the Benin versus Morocco Round of 16 match as well as that of Ghana and Tunisia.

So, when Nigeria took the lead in the quarterfinal match with South Africa, destiny may have marked out the Super Eagles as eventual winners.

It was the first time the Super Eagles led a match at halftime in the series and will be hoping to carry the momentum to the remaining two matches the team will have to play.

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  1. Frank Igwebueze

    KS, you’re always looking for interesting angles. Your sense of history and vibrant journalism remain testimonials of a legend and a man with a scholarly bent in journalism. You have left indelible marks on the sands of time, especially in sports reporting. Keep it up. I enjoy reading your stories

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