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AFCON 2024: Facts and Figures as Nigeria battles South Africa in Semi Final Clash

South Africa have maintained four consecutive clean sheets in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, while Nigeria have won their last four AFCON games without conceding.

Three times AFCON winners, Nigeria, is set to clash with One time winner, South Africa in the semi-finals of the TotalEnergies CAF Africa Cup of Nations on later today in Cote d’Ivoire.

Below are some facts you need to know going into the match:

• This match marks the fourth encounter between Nigeria and South Africa at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, with Nigeria emerging victorious in the previous three matches with a combined score of 8-1.

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• The last time Nigeria and South Africa met in the semi-finals was in 2000, where Nigeria secured a 2-0 victory, thanks to a brace from Tijani Babangida.

• Nigeria will be playing in their record 15th semi-final at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations, having progressed from only one of their last six semi-final appearances, winning the competition in South Africa in 2013.

• South Africa, on the other hand, are playing in their fourth semi-final at the CAF Africa Cup of Nations and their first since 2000 when they were defeated by Nigeria.

• South Africa have maintained four consecutive clean sheets in the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, while Nigeria have won their last four AFCON games without conceding.

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• Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen has attempted the most shots (19) at the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations but has only scored one goal, underperforming his expected goals tally by a significant margin.

• Nigeria have the highest expected goals tally and the most big chances at AFCON 2023, while South Africa’s Themba Zwane has been directly involved in 50% of their goals in the tournament.

The match promises to be an intriguing encounter between two competitive sides vying for a spot in the final of the prestigious tournament.

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