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Nigeria Held to 1-1 Draw by South Africa in FIFA World Cup Qualifiers

In a tightly contested match at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo, Nigeria, the Super Eagles were held to a 1-1 draw by the South African national team. The encounter saw both sides displaying moments of brilliance but ultimately ended in a stalemate.

The first half saw South Africa taking the lead in the 29th minute, with Themba Zwane capitalizing on a superb through pass from Sphephelo Sithole to slot the ball past the Nigerian goalkeeper. Despite Nigeria's efforts to equalize before halftime, they went into the break trailing 0-1.

However, the second half saw Nigeria coming out strong, determined to level the score. Their persistence paid off just seconds into the half, as Fisayo Dele-Bashiru found the back of the net, much to the delight of the home crowd. With the scoreline now 1-1, both teams pushed for a winning goal, but solid defense and missed opportunities kept the scoreline unchanged.

As the final whistle blew, Nigeria found themselves settling for a point, while South Africa maintained their position on the Group C log. The result leaves Nigeria in 5th place, with a crucial match against Benin looming on Monday.

Despite the disappointment of not securing a victory at home, the Nigerian team can take heart from their resilient performance and use it as motivation going forward in their quest to qualify for the FIFA World Cup.

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