AFCON 2023: Nigeria 1-0 Angola – Ademola Lookman fires Super Eagles into semifinals

The Super Eagles clinched their fourth victory in the competition which ensured they nicked a place in the next stage.
Nigeria secured a 1-0 victory over Angola in the quarterfinal of the Africa Cup of Nations at Felix Houphouet-Boigny on Friday.

Red-hot Ademola Lookman scored the only goal of the game to ensure the Super Eagles progress into the semifinal of the competition. The forward got on the scoresheet before the half-time break.
The Super Eagles breezed into the last eight of the competition after defeating their arch West African rivals Cameroon to extend their unbeaten run. Coach Jose Peseiro retained most of the players that secured a victory for his side against the Indomitable Lions including Lookman who was a cynosure of all eyes in the encounter.

Angola thrashed Namibia to nick a place in the quarterfinal after finishing as Group D leader with seven points. Coach Pedro Goncalves named a strong team against the three-time African champions.
The game started on a high tempo and Angola came close to opening the scoring as early as the fifth minute when Mabululu struck a shot but his effort was saved by goalkeeper Stanley Nwabali. Osimhen came close to finding the back of the net with a header but missed the target. In the 41st minute, Nigeria got the lead through Lookman. The forward turned the ball into the back of the net after he was set up with a pass from Moses Simon.

The Super Eagles continued from where they stopped after the halftime and came close to scoring their second goal of the game when Saidu Sanusi struck a great shot but his effort missed the target and in the 88th minute, Franck Onyeka was replaced by Joe Aribo. Angola made frantic attempts on goal but could not beat goalkeeper Nwabali as the Super Eagles secured qualification into the semifinal of the tournament. Nigeria will play their next game on Wednesday, February 7.

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