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Iheanacho Heaps Praise On Bafana

Nigeria forward Kelechi Iheanacho has praised Bafana Bafana for pushing them to their limits in the semi-final of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles ousted South Africa on penalties, with the former Manchester City man firing the winner past Ronwen Williams.

But the outcome could have gone either way, with Khuliso Mudau spurning a last-minute chance inside regulation time before the challenging extra-time.

“They are a very good side, they played very well, it’s a team who’s been together for a very long time, they know themselves,” Iheanacho said after the game.

“I think they are a wonderful team and they are good opposition who gave us a game, we also gave them a game, it was a really enjoyable game to watch with a lot of tension.

“Congratulations to [Bafana] for reaching this stage and I wish them good luck in the third-place game.”

Iheanacho also opened up on his crucial penalty, which sent his nation to the AFCON final.

“It was a lot of pressure, that one was a make-break penalty, it was either I save us or we lose it, God made it possible, and we’re happy to be in the final,” he added.

“That was the biggest moment, the penalty was a great moment, all the nation was waiting for that moment and I thank God for helping me in that moment, I don’t want to cry.”

Nigeria will now take on hosts Ivory Coast in a West African derby for the 2023 AFCON title on Sunday evening at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium (22h00).

Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Kohler
Lorenz Köhler is an award-winning South African football journalist. Having cut his teeth in the industry working at Kick-Off Magazine, he is now iDiski Times' senior digital content writer. He specialises in breaking top African football stories and transfers with a major focus on the 'big-three' Mamelodi Sundowns, Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates and CAF inter-club and international competitions. In 2021 he was listed amongst the top-five journalists under 30 in Print Media for the AIPS Awards.