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Nigerian-descent players, including Saka and Solanke, celebrate Super Eagles' AFCON final

Posted : 08 February 2024

Several players with Nigerian heritage congratulated the Super Eagles following a hard-fought victory over South Africa in the AFCON 2023 semi-final.

Team captain William Troost-Ekong broke the deadlock in the second half, converting a penalty awarded after a foul on Victor Osimhen by Teboho Mokoena. Ekong's spirited penalty set the tone, but Mokoena leveled the score with a penalty at the other end, given for a foul by Nigeria's Alhassan Yusuf.

The hero in the penalty shoot-out was Stanley Nwabali, the Chippa United goalkeeper, who made two crucial saves, helping Nigeria secure a spot in the final by scoring four out of five spot kicks.


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The victory triggered an outpour of emotions from fans, and even foreign-based players with Nigerian roots joined the celebrations. Arsenal's Bukayo Saka expressed his support on Instagram during the penalty shoot-out. Former Liverpool and current Bournemouth striker Dominic Solanke also celebrated. Ex-Chelsea players Fikayo Tomori and Tammy Abraham encouraged the Super Eagles to go one step further and win the final against Ivory Coast.

Bayern Munich's loanee striker Joshua Zirkzee, who represents the Netherlands but has a Nigerian mother, cheered on, along with England U-23 international Noni Madueke and Manchester City's Manuel Akanji.

Nigeria is set to face Ivory Coast in the AFCON 2023 final on Sunday at the Stade Olympique Allasane Ouattara.


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