Nigeria vs South Africa: What Buhari Said After Eagles' Defeat Of Bafana
Samuel Chukwueze scores his first international goal as Nigeria reached the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt (image courtesy Super Sport)

President Muhamamdu Buhari has congratulated the Super Eagles of Nigeria for reaching the semi-finals of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) after edging past South Africa 2-1 in the quarter-finals on Wednesday night in Cairo, Egypt.

Udinese centre-back William Troost-Ekong bagged the winner at the death, after Bafana Bafana’s Bongani Zungu had canceled out Samuel Chukwueze’s opener in the 71st minute, resulting in a heartbreak for South Africa and utter joy for the three-time African champions.

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Nigeria will next take on either 2015 winners Côte d’Ivoire or 1990 champions Algeria in the second semi-final match on Sunday, July 14.

“Congratulations to the Super Eagles on a well-deserved victory over South Africa, tonight. You represent the resilient and indomitable Nigerian spirit. Two more victories, and the coveted Trophy will come home to us. All Nigerians are looking forward eagerly,” the Nigerian leader tweeted.

The Super Eagles went in front, deservedly, through Chukwueze’s first international goal in the 27th minute.

Oghenekaro Etebo nearly made it 2-0 in the early part of the second half when South Africa’s Williams pushed his free-kick onto the bar.

History was later made in the match as Zungu’s goal was the first in the AFCON to be given by the VAR.