Goal.com - Home

thumbnail Hello,
 
Played
August 14, 2013 11:45 PM IST
Moses Mabhida Stadium — Durban
Referee:‬ R. Ruzive‎
Attendance:‬ 16000‎
 
 
Uche Nwofor 49′
 
Uche Nwofor 68′
Top of the Match
?
To Be Announced Shortly
Uche Nwofor
Uche Nwofor
Nigeria
Flop of the Match
?
To Be Announced Shortly

South Africa 0-2 Nigeria: Supersub Uche Nwofor doubles up

Two second-half goals were enough to hand the Super Eagles a win against Bafana in the Nelson Mandela Challenge at the Moses Mabhida Stadium on Wednesday

By Ernest Makhaya

Nelson Mandela Challenge: South - Nigeria - Ogenyi Onazi, Tshepo Masilela
Getty Images
Two second-half goals from Uche Nwofor gave Nigeria a 2-0 victory over South Africa in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

South Africa took time to settle and struggled with possession early in the game. However, Nigeria failed to take advantage of that, because they kept possession in their own half and were often given no space in front of the Bafana goal.

Nnamdi Oduamadi came close and nearly gave Nigeria the opener in the 11th minute after the Bafana defence allowed the Super Eagles to play the ball behind them, but Itumeleng Khune was quick to react.

Tokelo Rantie and Bernard Parker combined well in the 16th minute, but Rantie was tightly marked as Bafana could only settle for a corner.

Bafana launched another attack a few minutes later, but Thuso Phala’s cross could not find Reneilwe Letsholonyane as Nigeria recovered in time to clear their lines.

The home side came close in the 24th minute, but Parker’s low from inside the Nigeria box was too strong for Siphiwe Tshabalala.

Sunday Mba should have done better in the 25th minute after some exciting combination with Ogenyi Onazi only for Khune to save his weak effort.

John Ogu nearly put Nigeria in front with a cheeky chip a minute later, but hit the cross bar and went over with Khune well beaten.

Super Eagles keeper Austine Ejide made a comfortable save from Rantie shortly afterwards.

Khune had to make a difficult save to deny Victor Obinna in the 33rd minute, as Nigeria looked to break the deadlock before half time.

Khune again denied the Super Eagles the opening goal with a fine save in the 42nd minute, after well taken shot by Ogu from outside the Bafana penalty area.

Rantie had a chance to put Bafana in the lead a few seconds later, but his shot hit the wrong side of the net.

Letsholonyane was then wasteful from Parker’s low cross with the dreadlocked midfielder taking too many touches inside the Nigeria box.

Bafana had a brighter second half start and won a free-kick on the left hand side of the Nigerian box in the 46th minute after a foul on Parker, and the Chiefs hitman dusted himself up to whip in a beautiful cross that was punched away by Ejide.

Nigeria then took the lead through substitute Nwofor with a cheeky finish in the 48th minute after the Bafana defence was caught napping.

South Africa tried hard to get the equalizer, but they often lacked composure as they blasted most of their chances over the bar.

Nwofor broke South Africa’s hearts with an easy tap-in in the 67th minute after a skilful display from the Nigerians split the Bafana defence to eventually beat the helpless Khune.

Substitute Lerato Chabangu saw his long-range shot sail over the bar as he looked to catch Ejide off-guard for Bafana’s first goal against Nigeria in nine years.

The home side won a free-kick outside the Nigeria box in the 77th minute, but Parker’s effort was too strong as it sailed over the bar.

Bafana pressed forward in the dying minutes of the game and won a free-kick on the edge of the Nigerian box, but Tshabalala’s attempt was deflected for a corner.

Ahmed Musa came close in the 90th minute with a brilliantly played cross which nearly beat Khune, but it flashed across the face of goal.



South Africa

32
 - 
-
 - 
3
 - 
18
 - 
-
Thabo Nthethe
Defender
 - 
8
Dean Furman
Midfielder
 - 
12
 - 
8
 - 
-
Thuso Phala
Midfielder
5′ 60′
 - 
25
 - 
-
 - 

Nigeria

 - 
16
Austin Ejide
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
15
E. Ambrose
Defender
 - 
2
 - 
21
 - 
30
 - 
23
Ogenyi Onazi
Midfielder
 - 
-
Sunday Mba
Midfielder
46′
 - 
23
 - 
-
 - 
-

Substitutes

40
 - 
4
 - 
15
 - 
8
 - 
-
 - 
9
 - 
8
 - 
14
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
11
 - 

Substitutes

 - 
-
Chigozie Agbim
Goalkeeper
 - 
-
 - 
-
 - 
4
 - 
13
Fegor Ogude
Midfielder
 - 
12
Victor Moses
Midfielder
46′
 - 
12
John Obi Mikel
Midfielder
 - 
11
B. Ideye
Striker
77′
 - 
29
Emenike
Striker
 - 
-
 - 
23

Coach/Manager

-
 - 

Coach/Manager

 
  • Goal
  • Own Goal
  • Penalty
  • Penalty Missed
  • Yellow Card
  • Assist
  • Penalty Save
  • Penalty Shootout Goal
  • Penalty Shootout Miss
  • Yellow Card / Red Card
  • Red Card
  • Substitution IN
  • Substitution OUT
  • Injury
  • Goal.com Rating
  • Goal.com Man of the Match
  • Goal.com Flop of the Match
  • Top & Flop Global Ranking
  • Fans' Man of the Match
  • Fans' Flop of the Match
Results
 
Top Scorers
Player   Goals Penalties
A. Pulido A. Pulido
Striker
Tigres
4 0
Chris Wondolowski Chris Wondolowski
Striker
San Jose Earthquakes
3 0
Neymar Neymar
Striker
Barcelona
3 0
Cristiano Ronaldo Cristiano Ronaldo
Striker
Real Madrid
2 0
Ivica Olic Ivica Olic
Striker
Wolfsburg
2 0