Semi-final: Nigeria v South Africa

Edwin  - CEO February 6, 2024
Updated 2024/02/06 at 3:30 PM
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Photo credit: CAFonline
Photo credit: CAFonline

Facts and figures


Teboho Mokoena of South Africa celebrates a goal during the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations match between Morocco and South Africa. Credit: cafonline


  • Nigeria will play South Africa in the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday in Cote d’Ivoire, Cafonline reports.


  • Below are the facts and figures for the upcoming match:


  • This will be the fourth encounter between Nigeria and South Africa at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, with the Super Eagles winning the previous three by an aggregate score of 8-1.


  • Nigeria and South Africa last met in the semi-finals at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations in 2000, with the Super Eagles running out 2-0 winners thanks to a brace from Tijani Babangida.


  • Nigeria is in a record 15th semi-final at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations. At the same time, they’ve only progressed from one of their last six at this stage, winning the South Africa competition in 2013.


  • Nigeria have won their last four AFCON games without conceding; they could keep five consecutive clean sheets in the competition for the first time since March 1982 (W4 D1), while they’ve never done so when winning all five games.


  • South Africa is playing in their fourth semi-final at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and their first since 2000 when they were eliminated by opponents Nigeria (2-0).


  • South Africa has kept four consecutive clean sheets at the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time (W2 D2), as many as recorded in their previous 21 matches combined.


  • Nigeria has just three different goal scorers (excluding own goals) at AFCON 2023 (Lookman, Osimhen, and Troost-Ekong), their fewest in a single edition since 2008 (2, Yakubu and Mikel).


  • South Africa have had six shots following a high turnover at AFCON 2023, only Egypt have had more (7), while only Morocco (9) have had more direct attacks than the Bafana Bafana (8) in the competition this year.


  • Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen has only scored one goal despite attempting the most shots (19) at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations – a shot conversion rate of 5.3%, with an expected goals tally of 3.09; he’s underperforming his xG by a more significant margin than any other player (-2.09).


  • Nigeria have the highest expected goals (8.59) tally and the most big chances (18) at AFCON 2023, with all six of their goals coming inside the box – only Côte d’Ivoire (46) have had more shots from inside the box than the Super Eagles (44).


  • Themba Zwane has been directly involved in 50% (3/6) of South Africa’s goals at AFCON 2023 (two goals, one assist), while he could become the first Bafana Bafana player to score three goals in a single edition of AFCON since Shaun Bartlett in 2000 (5).


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