Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for next year’s AFCON after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by hosts South Africa at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg on Saturday
The Bafana Bafana had beaten Nigeria 2-0 in Uyo in the first leg and were looking to repeat the performance at home and secure qualification for a third straight AFCON finals
However the Nigerians needed just a point to qualify as well and held on to achive their objective with the draw
The Eagles who started the game in the acendancy took the lead in the ninth minute when Samuel Kalu’s cross was turned into the net by Buhle Mkhwanazi.
South Africa drew level through France-based striker Lebo Mothiba on 26 minutes, when he slotted home a cross by the Man of the Match Percy Tau
The Nigerians will feel hard done after being denied 2 clear goals after both efforts were controversially ruled as offside
With the draw Nigeria now have 10 points from five matches making their final game at home in March 2019 against Seychelles a mere formality.
The South Africans however will have to wait till their final qualifying match against Libya in March where they will need to avoid defeat in the match to also advance to 2019 AFCON.