Friday, February 2
•Nigeria 1-0 Angola
•DR Congo 3-1 Guinea
Saturday, February 3
•Mali Vs Ivory Coast – 8pm
•Cape Verde Vs South Africa – 11pm
In a nail-biting encounter on Friday, Nigeria triumphed over resilient underdogs Angola with a 1-0 victory, securing their place in the semi-finals of the 2023 AFCON in Abidjan.
The Super Eagles showcased dominance early on, with Napoli striker Victor Osimhen narrowly missing a goal, denied by the crossbar from a precision cross by Ademola Lookman.
As halftime approached, Moses Simon turned provider, setting up Lookman, who calmly slotted the ball beyond goalkeeper Guilherme da Costa, giving Nigeria the crucial lead.
Angola, exceeding expectations in reaching the quarter-finals, nearly equalized after the break when substitute Abrosini Salvador’s one-on-one attempt rattled the post.
Despite continuous threats from the Palancas Negras, Osimhen’s apparent goal was disallowed by the referee, intensifying the final minutes of the match.
The Super Eagles, advancing to the semi-finals for the 15th time, maintain their quest for a fourth African title.
Angola’s remarkable debut journey concludes, but they exit with pride after challenging some of the continent’s top teams.
Nigeria now awaits the winner of Saturday’s quarter-final clash between Cape Verde and South Africa, vying for a coveted spot in the tournament’s final showdown.