Nwafor double sinks Bafana

Nigeria Super Eagles with the Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy

Nigeria Super Eagles with the Nelson Mandela Challenge trophy

Nigeria were superior on Wednesday night as they defeated South Africa 2-0 in the Nelson Mandela Challenge.

Two second-half goals from substitute Uche Nwofor were enough to hand the Super Eagles a win against Bafana Bafana at the Moses Mabhida Stadium in Durban.

South Africa came into the match in search of their second win against Nigeria. They had suffered five defeats and only managed a draw against the Super Eagles in previous encounters.

Nigeria started the game well as they kept possession in their own half. Nnamdi Oduamadi came close and nearly gave Nigeria the opener through a long pass from Godfrey Oboabona in the 11th minute, but goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune was quick to react.

South Africa also had their chance in the 24th minute, but it was unsuccessful as Siphiwe Tshabalala failed to connect a low cross from the right side of the Super Eagles’ defence.

Both sides created many chances before the end of first half but failed to convert any of them as they ruthless in front of goal.

In the second half, Nigeria bring on Victor Moses for Mba, Ahmed Musa for Nsofor and Nwofor for Shola Ameobi.

Bafana won a free-kick on the left hand side of the Nigerian box in the 46th minute after a foul on Parker, and the Chiefs hitman dusted himself up to whip in a beautiful cross that was punched away by Ejide.

Four minutes later, Nigeria took the lead through Uche Nwofor with a cheeky back heel after the Bafana defence was caught napping.

In the 65th minute, South Africa Letsholonyane was teed up by Luyolo Nomandela, but he sent his shot over the crossbar.

Uche Nwofor completed his brace in the 68th as he tapped the ball into an empty net after Ahmed Musa had ripped apart the South African defence for Nigeria’s second goal of the match.

Bafana pushed forward in search of a consolatory goal but substitute Lerato Chabangu saw his long-range shot sail over the bar in the 76thminute.