Wednesday’s 2-0 scoreline in the Nelson Mandela Challenge saw the Super Eagles of Nigeria emerge victorious in the tournament hosted in honour of former South African president at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban.
Coach Stephen Keshi named a side with fewer faces from the Afcon 2013 with the likes of Portugal-based John Ogu, Nnamdi Oduamadi, Obinna Nsofor and Shola Ameobi of Newcastle in his starting line-up.
But it was Uche Nwofor that scored a brace on the 49 and 68 minutes which made coach Gordon Igesund side miss out on the trophy.
Bafana Bafana were close to scoring on few occasions. A clever finish by Nwafor, who slotted home a loose ball four yards from goal, after a Masilela’s tackle on Oduamadi gave Nigeria the lead.
The VVV Venlo striker, Nwofor, later tapped in substitute, Ahmed Musa’s assist after a nice link up play initiated by Chelsea forward Victor Moses in the wings.
And with 15 minutes to full-time, Lerato Chabangu’s shot missed target, so did Bernard Parker and substitute Lebogang Manyama as Nigeria clinched another victory in South Africa.