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Eagles to increase AFCON document, regardless of the end result in opposition to Bafana



No matter the results of Wednesday’s 34th Africa Cup of Nations semi-final conflict with the Bafana Bafana of South Africa, Nigeria will prolong her document of being the nation with essentially the most last-four appearances on the continental fiesta.


Since making her debut on the 1963 finals held in Ghana, the place she was ejected within the group section after 3-6 and 0-4 losses to United Arab Republic (Egypt) and Sudan respectively, Nigeria has been on the last-four of the match 15 instances, and has by no means didn’t win a medal every time.


The Eagles have gone forward to win the trophy and gold on three events, gained silver on 4 events and gained the bronze medals eight instances. They’ve by no means misplaced a third-place match.


On Wednesday, the three-time champions will make a 16th look within the semi-finals, in what’s their 20thlook on the competitors. The one instances Nigeria didn’t make the semi-finals had been in 1963, 1982, 2008 and 2021.


1982: As Cup holders, the Eagles led by Felix Owolabi began brightly by beating Ethiopia 3-0 in Benghazi, and led Algeria 1-0 of their second match earlier than capitulating 2-1 to the Fennecs. They had been manhandled 3-0 by Zambia of their third match and crashed out.


2008: The squad led by Joseph Yobo misplaced 0-1 to Cote d’Ivoire of their first match in Sekondi, however drew 0-0 with Mali after which defeated Benin Republic 2-0 to achieve the quarter-finals. They led Ghana 1-0 earlier than objectives by Michael Essien and Junior Agogo toppled the benefit and despatched the Eagles again residence.


2021: Named the very best crew of the group section, the Eagles led by Ahmed Musa defeated Egypt, Sudan and Guinea Bissau within the group section in Garoua to earn most factors, solely to lose 0-1 to Tunisia within the Spherical of 16.


Beneath is a cursory take a look at all of the 15 earlier AFCON semi-final matches that Nigeria have been concerned in:


11 March 1976: The 1976 finals in Ethiopia had been performed on league foundation – the one match within the competitors’s historical past carried out in that format. There was a last spherical of the competitors involving Nigeria, Guinea, Morocco and Egypt. After a 1-1 draw with Guinea, what might be thought of as Nigeria’s personal semi-final match was in opposition to eventual champions Morocco on 11th March 1976. The ever-prolific Baba Otu Mohammed scored for Nigeria within the 57th minute, however the Inexperienced Eagles allowed two late objectives by Ahmad Faras (elected Africa Participant of the 12 months that 12 months) and Redouane Guezzar. After beating Egypt 3-2 three days later, with objectives from Haruna Ilerika (a brace) and Mudashiru Lawal, Nigeria (3 factors) completed third within the last classification behind Morocco (5 factors) and Guinea (4 factors) and had been awarded the bronze medals.


14 March 1978: Ahmed Abdulla Nasur put Uganda forward on the Kumasi Sports activities Stadium, and Martins Eyo equalized for Nigeria within the 12 minutes into the second half. However Philip Omondi scored for Uganda late on and Nigeria had been condemned to the third-place match, the place they had been awarded a 2-0 win after Tunisia deserted the sport within the 42nd minute in protest at Nigeria’s equalizer by Baba Otu Mohammed.


19 March 1980: Felix Owolabi scored the one purpose in opposition to Morocco after solely 9 minutes on the Nationwide Stadium, Lagos. Christian Chukwu, Segun Odegbami, Adokiye Amiesimaka and Ifeanyi Onyedika all tried so as to add to the tally to no avail. The hosts went forward to win the trophy after beating Algeria 3-0 within the last three days later on the similar venue.


14 March 1984: In what was simply the match of the match, Egypt Pharaohs, overwhelmed 1-0 by Nigeria 4 years earlier in a bunch section match in Ibadan, raced to a two-goal lead throughout the half-hour. The Eagles had skilled one thing comparable of their group section match in opposition to Malawi, earlier than Clement Temile restored parity. In Bouake, Stephen Keshi lowered the tally from the penalty spot, following up after the ball crashed in opposition to the bar. The captain’s inch-perfect cross within the second half was transformed by Bala Ali, whose headed effort noticed the ball roll previous Thabet El-Batal. Nigeria gained 8-7 after a penalty shootout.


23 March 1988: Nigeria went right into a first-half lead in Rabat when Sam Okwaraji’s miss-cued shot was diverted into the web by Abderrazak Belgherbi. Algeria equalized with solely 4 minutes left when Rachid Maatar headed residence from a nook kick. The 2 groups went right into a marathon penalty shootout after additional time failed to supply a winner. Ademola Adeshina and Yisa Sofoluwe missed for Nigeria, and Belgherbi and Maatar additionally missed for Algeria. A complete of 10 gamers on either side had taken, together with goalkeepers Peter Rufai and Nasrredine Drid. They began over again, and after Augustine Eguavoen scored, Rufai saved from Lakhdar Belloumi. Nigeria misplaced the ultimate by a solitary purpose to Cameroon in Casablanca 4 days later.


12 March 1990: The Tremendous Eagles defeated Zambia 2-0, with wonderful objectives from Uche Okechukwu and Rashidi Yekini in Annaba. Within the last performed 4 days later in Algiers, Cherif Oudjani’s long-range effort sailed previous Aloysius Agu for the one purpose of the match to provide Algeria their first continental title.


23 Jan 1992: Regional rivals Ghana and Nigeria began like a house-on-fire in Dakar, and Mutiu Adepoju headed Thompson Oliha’s cross previous Edward Ansah within the 11thminute. Abedi Pele restored parity along with his personal header two minutes earlier than half time, and Ghana gained it with a fierce shot into the roof of the web by Prince Polley 9 minutes into the second half. Two days later, the Eagles edged Cameroon 2-1 for the bronze medals.


6 April 1994: Michel Bassole headed Cote d’Ivoire in entrance after 19 minutes, however Benedict Iroha equalized after a mesmerising one-two with Jay Jay Okocha on the Stade El Menzah. Bassole scored once more, and Nigeria additionally scored (via Rashidi Yekini) to make it 2-2 earlier than half time. Each groups threw the kitchen sink at themselves within the second half and through additional time, however there have been no extra objectives and it led to a penalty shootout. Samson Siasia misplaced his kick however Bassole and Amani Yao additionally fluffed for the Elephants. 4 days later on the similar venue, Nigeria defeated Zambia 2-1 to win the trophy and gold.


10 Feb 2000: Banned from the 1998 finals for his or her failure to show up in South Africa in 1996 to defend their title, Nigeria had been brimming with vitality as co-hosts with Ghana in 2000. Within the semi-finals, Coach Johannes Bonfrere unscrewed the plans of the Bafana Bafana by taking part in Tijani Babangida from the left aspect, and he prompted all of them kinds of issues moreover scoring two first-half objectives on the Nationwide Stadium, Lagos. The Eagles misplaced the Ultimate to Cameroon three days later after a penalty shootout on the similar venue.


7 Feb 2002: On the Stade Modibo Keita, Bouba Diop put Senegal forward early within the second half. Wilson Oruma didn’t convert a penalty kick, however Julius Aghahowa made it 1-1 two minutes from the tip. In first-half of additional time, Lassina Diao acquired the winner for Senegal, and the Eagles had been condemned to 3rd place. They defeated hosts Mali 1-0 within the metropolis of Mopti two days later to win the bronze.


11 Feb 2004: The November 7 Stadium in Rades was a cauldron of noise and keenness because the Eagles, who had eradicated Cup holders Cameroon within the quarter-finals, took the kick-off in opposition to the host nation. Jay Jay Okocha and Nwankwo Kanu made life troublesome for the Khaled Badri-led defence however the first half produced no purpose. There have been 60,000 spectators whose whistling rang out every time greater than that of Beninoise referee Bonaventure Codjia Coffi. Nigeria went forward when Okocha scored from the spot after Kanu was double-teamed within the field. Badra levelled from the spot as properly eight minutes from time, after Seyi Olofinjana tripped Ziad Jaziri. Within the penalty shootout, Peter Odemwingie misplaced his kick and Nigeria had been despatched to the third-place match after Karim Haggui beat Vincent Enyeama. The Eagles gained the third-place match by beating Mali 2-1 again in Monastir three days later, with objectives by Okocha (who would emerge the match’s Most Helpful Participant) and Odemwingie.


7 Feb 2006: Nigeria, who had once more eradicated the Cup holders (Tunisia) within the quarter-finals, survived a torrid first half on the Alexandria Stadium. Within the second half, Joseph Enarkharire mis-timed his leap from a excessive ball and Didier Drogba sneaked in to beat Enyeama from shut vary. It was the one purpose of the sport, and the Eagles would beat Senegal by a solitary purpose from Garba Lawal in Cairo to select up the bronze medals.


28 Jan 2010: Asamoah Gyan scored the one purpose of the match from a nook kick on the Estadio 11 de Novembro in Luanda. It meant the Eagles had to return to Benguela, the place they prosecuted their group section matches, for the third- place match in opposition to Algeria, which they gained with a purpose by Obinna Nsofor after a elegant move by Nwankwo Kanu.


6 Feb 2013: Nigeria had sensationally eradicated in-form Cote d’Ivoire within the quarter-finals, and arrived on the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban as clear favourites in opposition to Mali. Elderson Echiejile, Brown Ideye and Emmanuel Emenike scored earlier than half time, and Ahmed Musa added a fourth on the hour. The Eagles went forward to defeat Burkina Faso within the last performed 4 days later at Soccercity, the one purpose scored by Sunday Mba.


14 July 2019: Nigeria had eradicated Cup holders Cameroon within the Spherical of 16, after which kicked out South Africa (who eradicated hosts Egypt) within the quarter-finals. 5 minutes from recess in opposition to Algeria on the Cairo Worldwide Stadium, William Ekong inadvertently diverted the ball into his personal web. Odion Ighalo, who would emerge match high scorer, scored from the spot to degree within the second half. However the Fennecs flew into the Ultimate after Riyad Mahrez’s vicious shot from a free-kick deep in added time sailed previous Daniel Akpeyi. Ighalo scored the one purpose of the third-place match in opposition to Tunisia three days later to provide Nigeria the bronze medals.     



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