South Africa’s Bafana Bafana suffered Africa Cup of Nations heartbreak as they slipped to a last-gasp defeat against Nigeria in the last eight on Wednesday night.
William Ekong’s 90th-minute winner dealt the cruelest blow to Stuart Baxter’s side, who had fought back to level in an even contest at Cairo’s International Stadium.
The Nigerians hit the front when Samuel Chukwueze bundled past the helpless Ronwen Williams after Alex Iwobi’s cut-back had been deflected into his path just before the half-hour mark.
Talisman Thulani Hlatshwayo joined his team-mate in the book for a foul that almost paved the way for Nigeria’s second.
Peter Etebo struck a mean free kick that Williams did brilliantly to tip on to his bar.
Meanwhile, in the first game of the day, Senegal beat Benin 1-0 to, book a place in the semi-final against the winner from Tunisia and Madagascar.
Benin had upset one of the tournament favorites, Morocco, on penalties in the Round of 16 but African supporters expected Senegal to get the job done.
Sadio Mane had two goals ruled out by VAR, used for the first time in Afcon, and in the 69th minute.
A goal made in Merseyside by Liverpool and Everton’s star players.
Mane assisted Idrissa Gueye for the only goal of the game.