Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria head to head record in AFCON

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria head to head record in AFCON
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Interest in Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria head to head record is making the rounds especially now that both teams are set to renew their rivalry once more in Africa's biggest football stage, the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will lock horns against South Africa's Bafana Bafana in the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals in Ivory Coast.

Nigeria booked their place in the last four after a hard-fought 1-0 victory over giant slayers Angola in the quarter-finals from an Ademola Lookman's strike four minutes before half-time.

On the other hand, Bafana Bafana secured passage to the semi-finals for the first time since 2000 following a penalty shootout victory over Cape Verde where goalkeeper Ronwen Williams saved four spot kicks.

With Nigeria set to do battle against South Africa next Wednesday, 7 February 2024, it becomes necessary to have a look at both teams' head to head record in the Africa Cup of Nations.

In this article, we'll also bring in the overall head to head data between these two footballing nations with the dates, results, and competitions which they met.

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Chidozie Awaziem (C) celebrates Super Eagles victory in 2019 AFCON quarter final match between Nigeria and South Africa in Cairo. Credit: Icon Sport

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria head to head record in AFCON

In the Africa Cup of Nations, these sides have not faced each other many times. As a matter of fact, they've only played 3 matches between them in the competition with Nigeria winning all three.

The Super Eagles' first meeting with Bafana Bafana in the AFCON dates back to 2000, it was a semi-final clash in that edition co-hosted by Ghana and Nigeria. Cameroon became the champions after beating the Super Eagles in the final.

The second time was two years later in Tunisia, 2004 where the Carthage Eagles emerged as champions.

Their most recent encounter came in the 2019 edition in Egypt where Algeria triumphed.

Below are the results of the 3 AFCON matches between South Africa's Bafana Bafana and Nigeria:

  • 10/02/2000 – Nigeria 2-0 South Africa
  • 31/01/2004 – Nigeria 4-0 South Africa
  • 10/07/2019 – Nigeria 2-1 South Africa

It's worth mentioning that both nations have also met three times in the Africa Cup of Nations Qualifiers.

Bafana Bafana vs Nigeria overall head to head record

Bafana Bafana and Nigeria have played quite a number of matches between them. They first met in a FIFA World Cup qualifier way back in 1992 where Nigeria won convincingly, 4-0.

Alex Iwobi in action for Nigeria against Bafana Bafana
Alex Iwobi of Nigeria during 2019 AFCON game against South Africa. Credit: Icon Sport

Ever since then, both teams have played a total of 14 matches. Out of these 14 meetings, Nigeria won 7 matches, 5 matches ended in stalemates, while 2 ended in wins for South Africa's Bafana Bafana.

Below are the detailed results with dates in those 14 matches they've met overall.

  • 10/10/1992 – Nigeria 4-0 South Africa (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
  • 16/01/1993 – South Africa 0-0 Nigeria (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
  • 10/02/2000 – Nigeria 2-0 South Africa (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 31/01/2004 – Nigeria 4-0 South Africa (Africa Cup of Nations)
  • 17/11/2004 – South Africa 2-1 Nigeria (International Friendly)
  • 01/06/2008 – Nigeria 2-0 South Africa (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
  • 06/09/2008 – South Africa 0-1 Nigeria (FIFA World Cup Qualifier)
  • 14/08/2013 – South Africa 0-2 Nigeria (International Friendly)
  • 10/09/2014 – South Africa 0-0 Nigeria (Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier)
  • 19/11/2014 – Nigeria 2-2 South Africa (Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier)
  • 29/03/2015 – South Africa 1-1 Nigeria (International Friendly)
  • 10/06/2017 – Nigeria 0-2 South Africa (Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier)
  • 17/11/2018 – South Africa 1-1 Nigeria (Africa Cup of Nations Qualifier)
  • 10/07/2019 – Nigeria 2-1 South Africa (Africa Cup of Nations)

This article was most recently revised and updated 4 months ago

Joseph is a freelance writer who spends most of his time writing engaging football contents. Based in Nigeria, Joseph is a die-hard Real Madrid fan with over 8 years experience in the sports betting space. He has covered football match previews, predictions, and news across leagues in Africa and Europe.