Super Eagles of Nigeria on Wednesday night qualified for the final of the ongoing African Cup of Nations in Ivory Coast.
The three-time African champions defeated Bafana Bafana of South Africa 4-2 on penalties after the two teams tied 1-1 at the end of 120 minutes in the tension-soaked encounter.
Captain William Troost-Ekong opened the scoring for Nigeria with a penalty following a foul on the African Player of the Year, Victor Osimhen, midway through the second half.
Teboho Mokoena restored parity for the South Africans from the spot in the 90th minute to send the game into another 30 minutes of extra time.
Goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali was the hero for Nigeria, stopping two penalties while the quartet of Terem Moffi, Kenneth Omeruo, Troost-Ekong, and Kelechi Iheneacho converted their spot kicks for the Super Eagles.
Ola Aina was the only player on the Nigerian side to miss his penalty.
Nigeria will meet the winner of the second semifinal between the tournament host Ivory Coast and Congo Democratic Republic in the final slated for Sunday in Abidjan.
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