Nigeria vs. South Africa live score, result, updates, highlights from AFCON semifinals 2024

Nigeria hope to take the next step towards a return to continental prominence as they meet South Africa in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semifinals.

The Super Eagles are searching for their first tournament title since 2013, having fallen from the African elite in the time since.

It’s opened up for them in the bracket, with a significant number of highly-ranked sides eliminated earlier than expected. Only hosts Ivory Coast remain in contention amongst those originally expected to contend for the trophy, with South Africa and DR Congo also alive.

Bafana Bafana have been at the heart of the chaos, bouncing Tunisia and Morocco from the competition in prior rounds, before eliminating surprise contenders Cape Verde in the quarterfinals.

The Sporting News is following the Nigeria vs. South Africa match live, providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen. Check back here for regular updates.

Nigeria vs. South Africa live score

  Score Goalscorers
South Africa

Kickoff: 5 p.m. local (12 p.m. ET / 9 a.m. PT)
Location: Stade de la Paix Stadium (Bouake, Ivory Coast)
Referee: Amin Omar (EGY)

Starting lineups:

Nigeria (3-4-3, right to left): Nwabali (GK) — Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey — Osayi-Samuel, Onyeka, Iwobi, Aina — Simon Osimhen, Lookman.

South Africa (4-2-3-1, predicted): R. Williams (GK) — Muadu, Kekana, Mvala, Modiba — Mokoena, Sithole — Morena, Zwane, Tau — Makgopa.

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Nigeria vs. South Africa live updates, highlights, commentary

1 hour to kickoff: This is a special matchup for Nigeria goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali, who plays for South African club Chippa United. He even has the support of Chippa United chairman Siviwe Chippa Mpengesi, who publicly declared he was backing Nigeria against his own country in this match!

Nwabali has a chance to secure himself as the frontrunner for the Best Goalkeeper award at this tournament. He has kept four straight clean sheets, the first Nigerian to do so at a major tournament since Best Ogedegbe way back in 1980.

1 hour 15 mins to kick: Victor Osimhen has just one goal for Nigeria this tournament, but that doesn’t mean he hasn’t been involved up front. He had four shots last time out against Angola, but struggled to finish his chances. If he can find his shooting boots today, South Africa could be in trouble.

Osimhen will be a main focal point of the Nigeria attack, which is a boost after he was an injury doubt following a late knock picked up last time out. He trained the day before the match and is in the starting lineup.

1 hour 30 mins to kick: The Nigeria starting lineup has leaked, and there’s just one change as Fenerbahce’s Bright Osayi-Samuel comes in at right wing-back, replacing Zaidu Sanusi, who is reportedly injured. That’s a big loss for Nigeria head coach Jose Peseiro, as Sanusi has been in good form for not only the national team but also his club Porto. It also forces Ola Aina to switch flanks to his weaker side on the left.

1 hour 45 mins to kick: African teams always bring the heat when it comes to kits, and AFCON is a breeding ground for excellent threads. This matchup is a great example, as Nigeria will stick with their greens and South Africa will wear white.

2 hours to kickoff: Welcome to our coverage of Nigeria vs. South Africa in this African Cup of Nations semifinal. This one promises to be an intriguing match-up!

Victor Osimhen is by far the biggest name on this Nigeria side, but with just one goal in this tournament so far, he he has been overshadowed as the main Super Eagle threat up front by Ademola Lookman. The 26-year-old has brought his great attacking form with club side Atalanta in Italy with him to the national team, with three goals at AFCON, all coming in the knockout-round matches.

Despite just eight career international caps to date he has established himself as the man to watch, and Lookman channeled an iconic moment in Super Eagles lore when he scored against Angola last time out.

Nigeria vs South Africa lineups, team news

There was a scare for Nigeria when Victor Osimhen was stretchered off late against Angola in the quarterfinal victory, but he has been cleared for action in this match by head coach Jose Peseiro.

The Super Eagles are, however, missing the attacking presence of Victor Boniface, who was injured in pre-tournament training and has missed not only the entire AFCON competition, but will also be out for the next few weeks after returning to Bayer Leverkusen for his recovery.

Also absent due to injury is midfielder Wilfred Ndidi, who is missing after suffering a long-term muscle injury, while Umar Sadiq of Real Sociedad is not with the squad due to a knee problem. Left wing-back Zaidu Sanusi was missing from the starting lineup and is reportedly injured.

Nigeria starting lineup (3-4-3): Nwabili (GK) — Ajayi, Troost-Ekong, Bassey — Osayi-Samuel, Onyeka, Iwobi, Aina — Simon Osimhen, Lookman.

Nigeria subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

South Africa lost 21-year-old winger Thapelo Maseko for the rest of the tournament to a hamstring injury suffered late in the recent win over Cape Verde. The youngster had made his international debut in their group stage opener and appeared in all five games, four of them off the bench, scoring a goal in the 4-0 win over Namibia.

That’s the only real injury concern ahead of this match, with Bafana Bafana otherwise understood to be at full strength. Head coach Hugo Broos has gone with the same starting lineup for every game in the tournament so far, except for the opener, when Maseko started. He has been replaced by Thapelo Moreno in every game since.

South Africa projected starting lineup (4-2-3-1): R. Williams (GK) — Muadu, Kekana, Mvala, Modiba — Mokoena, Sithole — Morena, Zwane, Tau — Makgopa.

South Africa subs (12): (Lineups released one hour prior to kickoff)

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How to watch Nigeria vs. South Africa

  Date Time TV Channel Streaming
USA Wed, Feb. 7 12:00 p.m. ET beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol Fubo USA, beIN Sports Connect
UK Wed, Feb. 7 5:00 p.m. BST BBC Two, Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League Sky Go Extra, BBC iPlayer
Australia Thu, Feb. 8 4:00 a.m.  AEDT beIN Sports 3 beIN Sports Connect
Canada Wed, Feb. 7 12:00 p.m. ET beIN Sports, beIN Sports en Espanol Fubo Canada, beIN Sports Connect
India Wed, Feb. 7 21:30 p.m. IST  — FanCode

The entirety of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations will be televised in the United States by beIN Sports, with both English-language and Spanish-language broadcasts available. This semifinal will be broadcast on television, with both channels available to stream on Fubo USA.

The same goes for Canada, with both beIN Sports and beIN Sports en Espanol available to stream on Fubo Canada.


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