Nigeria vs South Africa; Who has a better head-to-head win record in football history?


Beyond football and the upcoming AFCON 2023 semi-finals, the rivalry between Nigeria and South Africa is also apparent in music and other competitions. After more than 10 meetings in football, the question remains: which country has a better head-to-head win record?

The upcoming semi-final match between Nigeria and South Africa in AFCON 2023 is undoubtedly one of the most anticipated games for football enthusiasts worldwide. The fixture has sparked numerous debates on its significance to football heritage, and statistics show that the two teams have faced each other over 10 times in history. This has raised the question of which team has a better record of wins in all their past meetings.

When is the Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON semi-final match?

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The Nigeria vs South Africa AFCON semi-final fixture will be played on Wednesday, February 7, 2024, at the Stade de la Paix stadium in Bouake, Ivory Coast at 6 pm West Africa Time.

Where to watch Nigeria vs South Africa?

Online Streaming: Azam app, StarTimes ON, DStv Stream, BBC iPlayer, Bein Sports

East Africa: Azam Sports, SuperSport TV, New World TV

Southern Africa: SuperSport TV, SABC Sport

West Africa: SuperSport TV, StarTimes TV, Nigerian Television Authority (NTA)

Who is better in Nigeria or South Africa?

With a total of 14 meetings between the two sides, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated South Africa a total of 7 times with South Africa having an edge over Nigeria only 2 times with the remaining 3 fixtures ending in a draw.

The AFCON 2019 tournament was the last encounter between the two countries, Nigeria and South Africa faced each other in a match where Nigeria won by a score of 2-1. Samuel Chukwueze scored the first goal for Nigeria in the first half which put them in a good position. Bongani Zungu equalized the score with 20 minutes left to play. However, it was Nigeria who emerged as the winners as William Troost-Ekong scored a last-minute goal.

Here is a full breakdown of the Nigeria vs South Africa Head to Head:

Game NumberDateCompetitionWinning teamScore
1October 10, 1992FIFA World CupNigeria4-0
2January 16, 1993FIFA World CupDraw0-0
3February 10, 2000AFCONNigeria2-0
4January 31, 2004AFCONNigeria4-0
5November 17, 2004FriendlySouth Africa2-1
6June 01, 2008FIFA World CupNigeria2-0
7September 06, 2008FIFA World CupNigeria1-0
8August 14, 2013FriendlyNigeria2-0
9September 10, 2014AFCONDraw0-0
10November 19, 2014AFCONDraw2-2-
11March 29, 2015FriendlyDraw1-1
12June 10, 2017AFCONSouth Africa2-0
13November 17, 2019AFCONDraw1-1
14July 10, 2019AFCONNigeria2-1

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