AFCON: Nwabali expresses fulfillment as dream becomes reality


Following Nigeria’s exhilarating triumph over South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, Super Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali Stanley was swept away by emotion.

Expressing his joy on Instagram, Nwabali declared, “This is a game I’m destined to play.

A night etched in memory!!! I savored every moment!! Brick by brick, dreams are turning into reality.”

The in-form goalkeeper showcased his skills by making crucial saves, including two penalties during the shoot-out.

Despite eliminating Bafana Bafana, Nwabali emphasized his enduring love for South Africa, stating, “No love lost at all. I still love South Africa as much as their fans love me.”

In only his sixth appearance for the Super Eagles in the tournament, the 27-year-old’s late save following a dangerous free-kick forced the game into extra time against a formidable South African side, fulfilling a dream.

“I’m Nwabali Stanley Bobo, and I cherish this team with all my heart. Safe hands,” he credited his teammates.

Prior to the game, Siviwe Mpengesi, Chairman of Chippa United, expressed support for Nwabali, recognizing his international acclaim.

Nwabali revealed his admiration for Manuel Neuer, sharing, “I love watching my role model, even before my game, even in the dressing room.”

Returning from injury, Nwabali equaled a 44-year record by keeping a clean sheet in Nigeria’s quarter-finals win over Angola.

His consecutive clean sheets surpassed historical milestones, marking the first time an Eagles goalkeeper achieved such a feat in a major tournament in 44 years.

After defeating Angola and South Africa, the Super Eagles aim for their fourth AFCON title.

Their journey mirrors the glory of 1980, 1994, and 2013, with this being their first final since their 2013 triumph.


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