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UPDATED: Nigeria Soar Into AFCON Semi-Finals, Beat Angola 1-0



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The Super Eagles of Nigeria beat Angola to advance into the semi-finals game of the ongoing 2023 TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup in Cote d’Ivoire on Friday.

A lone goal from Ademola Lookman in the 41st minute gave Nigeria the lead and victory.

In a highly contested match at the 33,000-capacity Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium in Abidjan, Nigeria emerge victorious, securing a coveted spot in the AFCON semi-finals.

The keenly fought battle showcased the resilience and prowess of the Nigerian team, solidifying their journey towards AFCON glory.

Four yellow cards were in between the team, with the Palancas Negras getting three and Nigeria, one

The Senegalese referee, Issa Sy overruled a 75th minute header from Napoli striker, Victor Osihmen.

Osimhen who had one goal so far at the tournament score his second and as well double Nigeria’s lead.

The goal was however ruled as an offside after a check by the Video Assistant Referee.

The Nigerian team held on to the lead though there were missed chances from both sides.

Angola had a ball ricocheted off the post after a blunder from Alex Iwobi.

There were 15 total shots in the game that had the Palancas Negras edged the Super Eagles on a 52 per cent to 48.

Also, they had a better shots on target, having four while the Nigerian team had three.

Eight of the shots were off target with both sides having four each.

The Palancas Negras were three corner kicks better, playing seven, while the Super Eagles played four.

Osimhen had to be substituted later on after several fouls on the 2023 CAF men’s player award winner.

The Angolans fouled 18 times in the game and the Nigerian team, 10.

Nigeria will, on February 7, 2024, be at the 40,000-capacity Peace Stadium in Bouake to face the winner of Cape Verde vs. South Africa, to be played on Saturday.

The AFCON tournament runs from January 13 until February 11.

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