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Hello and welcome to the live commentary of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) qualifier between South Africa and Nigeria at the FNB Stadium in Johannesburg.

Lets take a look at how the two teams line-up this afternoon starting with the hosts, South Africa.


Nigeria XI: Ezenwa, Omeruo, Balogun, Troost-Ekong, Collins, Ogu, Etebo, Iwobi, Kalu, Iheanacho, Musa.

South Africa XI: Khune, Mkhize, Hlatshwayo, Mkhwanazi, Hlanti, Kekana, Mabunda, Zwane, Serero, Mothiba, Tau.

The draw 1-1 sees Nigeria book their place in the 2019 Afcon finals which will be hosted by Cameroon. Thanks for joining the live coverage of the match!

FULL-TIME: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria.

90' + 2' Nigeria sub: Ajayi IN, Iwobi OUT.
90' The fourth official has added three minutes.

89' Hlanti finds his Bafana team-mate Mkhize with a beautiful cross and the latter header heads wide of the target.

87' Nigeria sub: Onyekuru IN, Musa OUT.

85' Both teams are now pushing for a late winning goal with five minutes left on the clock.

83' Success scores for Nigeria, but the bulky forward is ruled offside after the hosts' defence was exposed.

81' Hlatshwayo intercepts the ball on the edge of the Bafana defence as the Super Eagles look to snatch a late winner.

79' The momentum with South Africa as we enter the final 11 minutes of the game.

77' Bafana forward Tau's corner-kick is headed away by Nigeria's towering central defender Balogun.

75' Play is stopped as Khune is down injured.

73' It is remains 1-1 here at the FNB Stadium with 17 minutes left on the clock.

71' Tau dribbles past two Nigeria defenders, but Collins intercepts the former's pass as the hosts looked to take the lead for the first time.

69' Nigeria sub: Success IN, Iheanacho OUT.

68' Nigeria are about to introduce Success, who is a striker by trade.

66' Libya recorded a 8-1 win over a hapless Seychelles side.

64' The hosts are looking to utilize Lorch's speed down the right-hand side.

62' South Africa sub: Lorch IN, Serero OUT.

61' South Africa are about to introduce Lorch.

60' It is still 1-1 here in Johannesburg as we reach the hour-mark.

58' Libya have extended their lead as they now leading 7-1 in Seychelles.

56' Bafana full-back Mkhize's powerful shot goes wide of the target without troubling Ezenwa.

54' Ezenwa, who replaced injured shot-stoper Uzoho in Nigeria goal, restarts play from the back as the visitors look to restore their lead.

52' Mkhwanazi makes a good tackle to stop Nigeria's speedy striker Iheanacho.

50' Seychelles have pulled one back against Libya, who are now leading 6-1.

48' Collins' long free-kick goes wide of the target without troubling Khune in the Bafana goal-posts.

46' The second-half is underway.
Midfield maestro Agu, forwards Success and Onyekuru could be introduced by Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr in the second half.

South Africa coach Stuart Baxter is likely to introduce attackers Lorch and Pule, who have been in good form at club level.

HALF-TIME: South Africa 1-1 Nigeria.

45' Bafana are looking to contain the Super Eagles as the half-time break approaches.

43' Libya are now keading 5-0 with 61 minutes played in Victoria.

41' Khune gathers Nigeria midfielder Etebo's curling cross as the shot-stopper looks to keep the visitors at bay.

39' The momentum is with the Super Eagles as we approach the half-time break.

37' PERMUTATIONS: If it ends 1-1 between SA and Nigeria, then Nigeria will qualify for Afcon and Bafana will have wait until the final day to know their fate, especially because Libya are leading Seychelles.

35' Nigeria keeper Ezenwa pushes away Tau's corner-kick and the visitors try to launch a counter attack, but the ball goes out for a throw in.

33' STAT: Nigeria have now conceded five goals in this qualifying campaign while Bafana have given away a single goal thus far.

31' Play is stopped as Nigeria full-back Collins is down injured.

29' It is 1-1 here at the FNB Stadium as we approach the half-hour mark.

27' Mothiba scores with a tap in after some brilliant work by Tau, who beat two Super Eagles defenders.

26' GOOAAAALLL! South Africa 1-1 Nigeria. Mothiba scores with a simple tap in.

24' Collins finds some space outside the Bafana box and he unleashes a powerful shot which flies over the crossbar.

20' The visitors launch a quick counter attack and Hlatshwayo makes a crucial block from Musa's low cross.

18' Libya are leading 3-0 at half-time against Seychelles, who have already been eliminated.

17' Mothiba finds Tau with a low pass on the edge of the Super Eagles box, but the latter is ruled offside.

15' Bafana are now doing most of the attacking as they look to level matters.

13' South Africa launch a quick counter-attack, but Nigeria clear their lines following a quick move involving Tau and Mothiba.

11' Bafana defender Mkhwanazi deflected Collins' cross into the back of the net to hand the visitors the lead.

9' GOOAAALLL! South Africa 0-1 Nigeria. Mkhwanazi scores an own goal.

7' GOOD SAVE! The Super Eagles combine nicely on the edge of the Bafana box and Musa forces Khune into a good save with a low shot.

5' The Super Eagles midfield maestro Etebo's free-kick is cleared away by the Bafana defence

3' The visitors are dominating possession thus far as they look to penetrate the Bafana Bafana defence.

1' The match is underway.

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