Nigeria shared the spoils with South Africa to secure Afcon qualification (image courtesy NFF)

Nigeria have qualified for the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time after six years following a 1-1 draw with South Africa in Johannesburg on Saturday.

The Super Eagles, who had missed out on two consecutive Nations Cups (in 2015 and 2017) after winning the title in South Africa 2013, earned a place in Cameroon 2019 with a game in hand, having amassed 10 points from five matches in Group E.

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South Africa’s Buhle Mkhwanazi put the ball in his own net to give the three-time African champions a 10th-minute advantage.

But the relentless Bafana Bafana equalised in the 26th minute with Lebo Mothiba finishing off an exquisite build-up as the hosts completely made the Nigerian defence defenceless.

Nigeria return to Afcon after missing two straight editions (image courtesy Twitter)

With Nigeria’s qualification, second-placed South Africa and third-placed Libya will now fight for the remaining qualification spot in the group.

The Libyans strongly recovered from their back-to-back loses to the Eagles last month by thrashing hosts Seychelles 8-1.