Nigeria secured a spot in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals with a narrow 1-0 victory over Angola. Ademola Lookman’s first-half goal, assisted by Moses Simon, was the decisive moment in the quarter-final clash in Abidjan. Angola, despite an impressive tournament, failed to break down Nigeria’s defense.
The match saw Angola’s Antonio Salvador hitting the post in an attempt to equalize, while Nigeria’s Victor Osimhen had a goal disallowed by VAR. Nigeria’s defensive prowess was evident as they maintained their fourth consecutive clean sheet in the competition.
The Super Eagles, three-time champions in 1980, 1994, and 2013, demonstrated their ability to handle the favorites tag. Lookman, who was named the Player of the Match, not only scored the crucial goal but also showcased an exceptional work rate, winning duels and making significant contributions in the final third.
Nigeria, now with four consecutive wins without conceding, remains the highest-ranked nation in the tournament, setting the stage for a formidable presence in the semi-finals. They will face the winner between Cape Verde and South Africa for a chance to secure their fourth Africa Cup of Nations title.