We look back at the action-packed AFCON semi-final tie at Stade de la Paix, Bouaké with our Nigeria vs South Africa stats page. Nigeria made it through to the AFCON 2023 final, but they needed a penalty shootout to do it.

Nigeria vs South Africa: Post-Match Opta Facts

  • Nigeria will play in their eighth AFCON final, with only Egypt and Ghana (nine each) playing in more.
  • William Troost-Ekong has scored two penalty goals with Nigeria at this 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations (vs Côte d’Ivoire and vs South Africa), becoming the fourth Nigerian player to score multiple goals from the spot at the same AFCON edition, after Samuel Ojebode (also 2 in 1976), Jay-Jay Okocha (also 2 in 2004) and Victor Moses (also 2 in 2013).
  • Nigeria have scored 13 penalty goals at the Africa Cup of Nations, only Ghana have scored more such goals in the competition’s history (14).
  • South Africa scored and conceded a penalty goal in the same Africa Cup of Nations game for the first time ever.
  • Teboho Mokoena penalty goal for South Africa was the 18th scored in the 90th minute or later in normal time at AFCON 2023 – that’s only one fewer than in the previous four tournaments combined (19 across 2021, 2019, 2017 and 2015 editions).
  • Nigeria have won six penalty shootouts at the Africa Cup of Nations, the joint-highest tally in the competition’s history alongside Egypt.
  • Grant Kekana’s red card was the 13th to be given to a player at AFCON 2023. This is one fewer than at the last edition in 2022 (14) with the 27 given over the last two tournaments more than in the previous five editions combined (21).
  • Despite playing 120 minutes, this match saw Nigeria post their lowest expected goals (xG) total at the 2023 CAF Africa Cup of Nations so far (0.65).

Nigeria vs South Africa Timeline

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Nigeria vs South Africa Timeline

Nigeria vs South Africa Stats Centre

Our Opta match centre delivers you all of the Nigeria vs South Africa stats from Wednesday’s AFCON semi-final game.

The match centre below includes team and player stats, expected goals data, passing networks, an Opta chalkboard and more. It gives you everything you need to do your own post-match analysis of the game. 

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