Nigeria and South Africa Become First African Teams to Reach Knockout Round
August 2, 2023
History was made at the 2023 FIFA Women’s World Cup, as South Africa and Nigeria became the first African teams to qualify for the knockout stage.
South Africa clinched their spot in the Round of 16 with a dramatic 3-2 victory over Italy in their last Group G match. Thembi Kgatlana netted the decisive goal in stoppage time to shock the Italians and spark jubilation among the South African supporters.
After securing the second spot in Group B with a win over Australia and two draws with Canada and Ireland, Nigeria advanced to the last 16 for the first time in their history. They joined South Africa, who also made history as the second African team to reach the knockout stage of the Women’s World Cup. This is a huge milestone for African women’s football, as both teams have proven that they can challenge the world’s top teams. Nigeria and South Africa will aim to go even further in the tournament.
Nigeria will face England, who topped Group D, in the Round of 16 on August 7. South Africa, who finished second in Group G, will take on the Netherlands, who won Group E, on August 6.
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