AFCON 2023: Stanley Nawabali named MOTM as Super Eagles Humble South Africa

AFCON 2023: Stanley Nawabali named MOTM as Super Eagles Humble South Africa

Nigeria booked their ticket to the 2023 AFCON final after edging out South Africa in a tense penalty shootout following a 1-1 draw.

AFCON 2023: Stanley Nawabali named MOTM as Super Eagles Humble South Africa

While the entire team displayed resilience, goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali’s heroics earned him the coveted Man of the Match award, Footballrover reports.

The encounter at the Stade la Paix was a tight affair, with both sides trading blows.

Captain William Troost-Ekong converted a penalty for Nigeria, but Mokoena restored parity for South Africa from the spot as well.

Despite a shaky performance from some attackers, the Nigerian defence held firm, with Nwabali pulling off a stunning one-handed save to deny Evidence Makgopa.

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Extra time failed to produce a winner, leading to a dramatic penalty shootout.

Nwabali emerged as the hero, saving Makgopa’s crucial kick to hand Nigeria the advantage.

Troost-Ekong and Iheanacho converted their penalties with composure, sending the Super Eagles soaring into the final.

Nwabali’s heroics were crucial, especially considering South Africa’s dominance in creating chances.

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His composure and agility under pressure ensured Nigeria remained in the game, ultimately leading to their victory.

This stellar performance cements Nwabali’s growing reputation as a reliable shot-stopper and solidifies his position as a key figure for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria will now face either Ivory Coast or Dr congo in the final, aiming to lift their first AFCON trophy since 2013.

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With Nwabali in inspired form, the Super Eagles will be confident of adding another chapter to their illustrious history in the continental tournament.

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