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August 14, 2013
• Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban
Referee: R. Ruzive
• Attendance: 16000
U. Nwofor 49', 68'
Shots on Target
Nigeria continue to create good memories on South African shores as they notch up yet another win against Bafana Bafana. That makes it 6 wins in 8 matches for Nigeria. Thanks for all the predictions tonight and congradulations to the readers who guessed the correct score. I hope you enjoyed the commentary and you join Goal again on Saturday, as Bafana Bafana meet Burkina Faso on Nelson Mandela Sports Day.
90' + 3'
Some really poor play from South Africa is not punished by Nigeria and that's the end of the match! Nigeria have won 2-0 and claim the Nelson Mandela Challenge.
90' + 2'
Manyama snatches at a low shot, but once again, it is off target for Bafana Bafana.
MUSA! The winger is released into space down the right and tries a shot which goes across the face of goal. Brown Ideye is fuming at his teammate as he was unmarked in the box.
South Africa win a free kick in a promising area and Tshabalala's effort is deflected for a corner. The delivery is not on target and Moses counters with blistering pace down the left hand side of midfield. He eventually crosses into the box with a nonchalant flick, but South Afrrica finally stop the danger as Nthethe heads the ball into Khune's grasp.
Yellow Card John Ogochukwu Ogu
Nwofor is searching for his hat trick and the Super Eagles substitute deserves it.
Manyama has a chance to set up Chabangu, but his pass is too strong and the midfielder loses control of the ball. Nigeria counter with Ogu hitting another long range effort, but it goes wide.
Glum faces in the South African crowd as Nigeria look likely to notch up their sixth win over Bafana Bafana.
Bernard Melvin Parker
Parker is off and on comes Ajax Cape Town winger Lebogang Manyama.
PARKER! South Africa edge closer to an opening goal, as the striker's free kick hits the top of the net.
CHABANGU! The substitute tries his own long range effort, but it is too high and clips the top of the net.
There has been a gulf in class tonight. South Africa will need to play out of their socks to recover from this score line.
Letsholonyane is off and Lerato Chabangu takes to the pitch.
Letsholonyane with another shot! This time he hits the target but his low strike is right into the path of Ejide, who won't come across an easier save tonight.
Assist Ahmed Firaz Moosa
Goal Uche Nwofor
GOAL! Nigeria score with a clinical move! Nwofor doubles his tally from close range, after Musa and Moses magicked their way through South Africa's stunned defence.
LETSHOLONYANE! Good combination play from the home side allows for the midfielder to hit a drive towards goal, but his effort goes wide once more.
Nomandela almost releases Rantie with an inch perfect through ball, but Oboabona denies the striker possession with a strong tackle.
Letsholonyane hits a shocking effort high and wide into the stands. The crowd meet the shot with a chorus of boos.
Luyolo Mbiko Nomandela
Free State Stars wide player Luvuyo Nomandela is on for his first Bafana Bafana cap.
A cross from Tshabalala is heading towards Rantie in the box, but Ejide stays composed and grabs hold of the delivery, sending the diminutive striker sprawling onto the floor.
South Africa continue to struggle in possession out there. Gordon Igesund looks slightly perplexed as to how his team is going to find an equaliser tonight.
Tshabalala forces a corner and Phala is unable to cleanly strike the delivery after it falls into his path. Phala was caught by surprise there.
The introduction of Moses and Musa will test South Africa's defensive strength tonight. Both players were crucial during Nigeria's Africa Cup of Nations success earlier this year.
Yellow Card Peter Tsepo Masilela
Assist Nnamdi Oduamadi
Goal Uche Nwofor
GOAL!! Nigeria score! Uche Nwofor scores with an impeccable backheel! South Africa's defence is torn open by the Super Eagles and the substitute audaciously scores from inside the box. Nigeria are in command.
Close for South Africa! A free kick for Phala tests Ejide in the box, allowing for Nthethe to try an overhead kick, which brushes the crossbar.
Ahmed Firaz Moosa
We're off! As expected Nigeria have made some changes, with Victor Moses replacing Sunday Mba, while Ahmed Musa comes on for Nsofor and Nwafor replaces Ameobi.
We're almost underway for the second half in the Moses Mabhida Stadium. Both coaches will make changes, with Gordon Igesund trying to find a way to strengthen his midfield department, while Stephen Keshi may look to finish off South Africa with Victor Moses. What do readers think about the match so far? Who will make the difference? Tweet me @Dan0090.
Predictions continue to fly in tonight, with Olukoya Toliloba even prediciting Nnamdi Oduamadi and Obina Nsofor to score both of Nigeria goals in a 2-0 win. The scores are still locked at 0-0. Join Goal in less than 10 mins for the start of the second half.
An exciting first half, dominated largely by the Super Eagles, but South Africa had a few good chances at the end of the half. Both sides can make six changes during tonight's match, which could dramatically change the rhythm in the second half, but Nigeria will likely unleash their star winger Victor Moses, who may be their trump card tonight.
45' + 1'
South Africa win a corner, but the delivery is claimed by Ejide and it is half time in Durban!
What a chance for South Africa!! Parker finds space down the left hand side of midfield and sends a cross into the path of Letsholonyane, but the midfielder's effort is blocked by Oboabona.
RANTIE!! Seconds after Ogu's long range effort, Rantie bursts into the box and tries to beat Ejide at his near post, but his shot can't find the target.
OGU!! Another powerful long range effort tests Khune, as the shot dips just before reaching South Africa's captain.
Yellow Card Thulani Hlatshwayo
Rantie has been electrifying tonight, but can't find enough support from his teammates. Thulani Hlatshwayo is shown a yellow card after a late challenge.
Nsofor has hit two poor crosses in the last two minutes, with both going out for goal kicks. As we near half time, the match has lost its initial intensity.
Ogu hits an effort from outside the box, which swerves and takes an awkward bounce, causing problems for Khune, but the keeper uses his body to fashion a save.
Rantie!! The in form striker eyes some space and hits a low drive which goes straight into the grateful grasp of Ejide.
Imoesi Benjamin has predicted a draw tonight, providing South Africa with a small glimmer of hope. But the predictions are still favouring the Super Eagles, with 4-0 and 3-0 a common scoreline.
Tshabalala is pulled back by Ogu as South Africa look to utilise their pace reserves once again. The resulting free kick is well claimed by Ejide and Nigeria launch another attack.
OGU!! Hits the crossbar! Ogu smashes an effort from outside the box, which beat Khune for pace, but crashes into the bar. Nigeria are edging closer to the opener.
Great chance for Tshabalala!!! Parker bursts down the left flank and hits a strong cross low into the box, which evades a sliding Tshabalala by a whisker! We've settled into a familiar pattern as Nigeria push forward and Bafana look to hit the Super Eagles on the counter-attack.
Good counter attack from South Africa, led by Letsholonyane, but the home side cannot find the final pass and the Super Eagles clear.
Rantie shows his pace with a strong run down the centre, but he is cut off by the large frame of Ambrose. Not much hope for South Africa according to our reader's predictions, Ikhalo Efose thinks it will end 3-0 to Nigeria, while Uchechukwu Obiakor thinks the Super Eagles will edge Bafana Bafana 1-0 tonight.
ECHIEJILE! The full back makes a run into the box and tries a spectacular volley, which flies into the stands.
Tshabalala and Letsholonyane combine to grab back possession, with Yeye's shot from outside the box being blocked. Masilela receives the rebound and shoots from range, with effort going wide past the left post.
Nigeria are beginning to show why they are Africa's champions and are controlling possession.
A long ball almost finds Oduamadi in the box, but Khune sprints off his line to get his hand on the ball and keep it out of the path of the striker.
As South Africa push forward, we have received our first prediction, with Olowekere Adeniyi believing Nigeria will be 2-0 winners tonight. Do you agree? Tweet me @Dan0090 with more predictions.
South Africa earn their first free kick of the match as Parker is brought down by Ogu. Phala is shown a yellow card for taking the free kick before the whistle, a bit of a harsh decision for a friendly! Eventually Tshabala takes the free kick but Ogu clears.
Yellow Card Thuso Phala
Ogu tries a long range effort but it flies high and wide.
A cautious beginning from both sides, as possession changes hands on a number of occasions. Nigeria are showing some smooth passing.
And we're off! South Africa kick off in Durban!
The players are out on the pitch and so too are the dignitaries. Following renditions of the national anthems, we'll be underway in Durban.
The stadium is slowly filling up in Durban. We're in for an exciting match! Can South Africa defy the odds and beat Africa's champions? Or will Nigeria continue their domination over Bafana Bafana? Stay tuned with Goal South Africa to find out.
This friendly should serve as ideal preparation for both sides' must win World Cup qualifiers, with Bafana Bafana set to play Botswana while Nigeria will be up against Malawi in early September.
We're 20 minutes away from kick-off in Durban. Any pre-match predictions? Tweet me @Dan0090 with your thoughts.
The last Nelson Mandela Challenge match between South Africa and Nigeria ended in the host's first win against their illustrious rivals, a 2-1 victory in 2004.
Nigeria starting XI: Austin Ejide, Efe Ambrose, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwuekwe, Elderson Echiejile; Sunday Mba, John Ogu, Ogenyi Onazi; Obinna Nsofor, Shola Ameobi, Nnamdi Oduamadi
South Africa starting XI: Khune, Mathoho, Nthethe, Hlatshwayo, Masilela, Letsholonyane, Furman, Tshabalala, Phala, Parker, Rantie
With just under 30 minutes until kick-off of this Nelson Mandela Challenge match, here are the lineups for both sides.
Tonight, Bafana Bafana will face a talented and powerful Nigerian outfit in Durban, which should prove to be a tough test for a depleted home side. The Super Eagles record against South Africa is very one-sided, with the Nigerians having won five out of the seven matches between the two national teams.
Welcome to Goal South Africa's LIVE coverage of Bafana Bafana's clash against Africa Cup of Nations champions Nigeria. My name is Daniel Eslick and I will be taking you through all the action from the Moses Mabhida Stadium tonight.
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