After Nigeria’s thrilling victory over South Africa in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals, Super Eagles goalkeeper Nwabali Stanley expressed his overwhelming emotions.
In a post on his Instagram handle, Nwabali exclaimed, “This is a game I’m born to play. A night to remember!!! I felt every bit of it!!”
He credited his teammates and described the journey as “brick by brick” with dreams coming true.
Nwabali, who made several crucial saves in the game, including two penalties during the shoot-out, emphasized that despite eliminating South Africa, he still has love for the country.
“No love lost at all. I still love South Africa as much as their fans love me,” he said.
The 27-year-old goalkeeper, making just his sixth appearance for the Super Eagles in the tournament, made a late save following a dangerous freekick, pushing the game to extra time against a tough South African side.
Nwabali described this moment as a dream come true, stating, “My name is Nwabali Stanley Bobo, and I love this team with all my heart. Safe hands.”
Before the game, Siviwe Mpengesi, Chairman of South African football club, Chippa United, expressed his support for Nwabali, praising his performances that have caught the attention of the globe.
Mpengesi’s statement highlighted Nwabali’s international acclaim and the pride he brings to their club.
In an interview, Nwabali revealed his admiration for German goalkeeper Manuel Neuer, stating that he loves watching videos of him and playing as him on PlayStation.
Nwabali’s achievements include equaling former shot-stopper Best Ogedegbe’s 44-year record by keeping a clean sheet in Nigeria’s quarter-finals win over Angola.
He also became the first Eagles goalkeeper in 44 years to keep four consecutive clean sheets in a major tournament, surpassing Alloy Agu’s previous record.
The Super Eagles are now in the finals of the AFCON, continuing their quest to win the tournament for the fourth time. This is their first final since 2013, when they last lifted the cup.
This article was updated 3 weeks ago