Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations final

Nigeria beat South Africa on penalties to qualify for Africa Cup of Nations final

Super Eagles win 4-2 on penalties, Nigeria to face either Ivory Coast or DRC in Sunday's final

By Can Erozden

ANKARA (AA) — Nigeria beat South Africa 4-2 on penalties Wednesday to book their place at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) final.

William Troost-Ekong, a Nigeria defender, scored a penalty to break the deadlock in the 67th minute at Ivory Coast's Bouake.

In the 90th minute, South Africa's Teboho Mokoena converted a penalty kick of his own to take the semifinal match to extra time, which also ended 1-1. Leading to a penalty shootout to decide the winning team.

Grant Kekana, a South Africa defender, was sent off in the extra time.

Called the Super Eagles, Nigeria won 4-2 on penalties to reach the final in Abidjan.

Nigeria have won the AFCON title three times, with the last over 10 years ago.

South Africa will play a third-place playoff on Saturday.

Nigeria will play against either host nation Ivory Coast or the Democratic Republic of Congo in Sunday's final, which will begin at 2000 GMT.

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