AFCON 2019: Late victor sends Nigeria into semi-finals

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Stuart Baxter, head coach of South Africa during a press conference.

Gernot Rohr has admitted it will be a big challenge to go past Algeria, who he considers the best of the 2019 AFCON, should they clash in Sunday's semifinals.

Baxter and his employers, the SA Football Association, will sit down sometime soon to dissect Bafana's performances at the 2019 Afcon.

Furman is the muscle in the Bafana team and will cover every blade of grass to push his side past Nigeria - a team he has said he is "excited" to face while Iwobi will need more concentration to get away from the clutches of his marker.

Both nations will be in confident mood heading into the game after overcoming tricky oppositions in the form of defending champions Cameroon and hosts Egypt in the round of 16. On Wednesday, Nigeria nullified that by dropping their defensive lines much deeper, allowing no space for Bafana's attackers to run in to.

"When teams close things down, we always find it hard", said the Bafana coach.

Perhaps the most contentious of his predictions was Nigeria's missing out on AFCON qualification a year earlier. "We are dedicating our win tonight against Nigeria to them", tweeted Mawara, another user posting a video of the infamous "plane" which encircled the building before its tragic implosion.

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"And then you make the choice as a coach: you go defensive and try to have 1-1 and go to extra time, or you try to win the game". "We didn't play the way we started against Egypt and we looked flat". And while Nigeria also underperformed in the group stage - losing 2-0 to an upstart Madagascar squad - they faced their punishment and advanced in spite of it.

"I think we know we've got a tough opponent".

Nonetheless, Zungu scored his second goal of the tournament after VAR had to be consulted for the equaliser.

Unfortunately, though, William Troost-Ekong was able to snatch a last-gasp victor for Nigeria. If I had suddenly gone defensive it would be admitting I didn't think we were good enough to beat Nigeria.

Nigerian captain Ahmed Musa was booked for a foul on Mkhize, but while Bafana got a few set pieces in risky situations, they could not capitalize.

Bongani Zungu headed home his second of the tournament from a Percy Tau set-piece which was awarded after consulation of VAR.