Senegal and Nigeria have secured their semi-final berth
respectively at the African Cup of Nations 2019.
The Terenga Lions of Senegal piped the Squirrels of Benin by
a lone goal in the first quarter final match. The match took place at 4:00 pm
GMT on Wednesday at the 30 June Stadium in Cairo.
A 69th minute goal by Idrissa Gyana Guye was enough
to secure qualification for the 2002 finalist.
The game was very tight and physical which saw Senegal’s
Sadio Mane receiving a yellow card.
Benin ended the game with ten men for the second consecutive
time when Oliver Verdon was shown the red card after 83 minutes of play.
This is the first time the Terenga Lions appear in the semi- finals after 2006 which was also coincidentally held in Egypt.
Nigeria stun South Africa
In the second quarter final game of the day, Nigeria
eliminated South Africa in a mouth watering encounter.
The Super Eagles had to leave it late to secure a 2-1 win
over the Bafana Bafana at the Cairo International Stadium.
Samuel Chukuweze put the West Africans ahead on the 27th
minute when he bounced on an Ahmed Musa cross to plant it into the net after
the first attempt was intercepted.
South Africa could not break down the tight Nigerian
defensive set up before the first half ended.
But their efforts improved in the second half and eventually
rewarded with a VAR decision which secured them an equalizer on the 71st
Bokani Zungu’s header was initially adjudged to be offside
by the Assistant Referee 1 but the VAR review saw the goal been awarded as the
ball hit the back of a player.
William Ekong connected well to a corner kick on the 89th
minute to tap in the second goal and the winner for the Nigerians.