Mon. Jul 22nd, 2019

Troost-Ekong gives Nigeria ticket for the Africa Cup semi-final

Nigeria has reached the semi-finals of the Africa Cup at the expense of South Africa. William Troost-Ekong, born in Haarlem and former player of FC Groningen and FC Dordrecht, scored the winning goal in the 89th minute: 2-1.

Former Eredivisie players Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag) and Ahmed Musa (VVV) also played a role in Nigeria. They saw their country take the lead in the first half through a goal from Samuel Chukwueze.

After the rest, Nigeria mainly limited itself to stopping, while South Africa chose the attack. That led to the equalized score twenty minutes before time. Bongani Zungu headed in from a free kick, which was changed direction via a Nigerian. The linesman thought of offside, but on the advice of the VAR the hit was (rightly) approved.

It then appeared to be an extension, but with a corner kick, South African goalkeeper Ronwen Williams went under the ball. Troost-Ekong was in the right place to tap the ball. In the semi-final, Nigeria plays against the winner of Ivory Coast-Algeria.

Kamohelo Mokotjo (former Feyenoord, PEC Zwolle and FC Twente) was kicking off at South Africa. Spartan Lars Veldwijk came in and Vitesse's Thulani Serero was on the bench the entire match.

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