The super eagles and south Africa toughed out a 1-1 2019 Africa Cup of Nations match at FNB Stadium on Saturday.
But somehow, in meetings with South Africa, more often than not Nigeria seem to come out with the last laugh. The Super Eagles qualified for Cameroon 2019 with the result.
Bafana are left needing a far-from-certain draw away against Libya in their final game in March.
Buhle Mkhwanazi’s ninth-minute own goal came to a Super Eagles piling on the early pressure. Mothiba, set up by a sublime piece of skill by Tau, equalised in the 26th.
The result, fighting back from a goal down, might have boosted Bafana’s morale following their insipid 0-0 away draw against Seychelles last month.
They have beaten arch-nemesis Nigeria for the first time in a competitive game in these qualifiers, 2-0 in Uyo in June, and drawn at home.
But that draw horror against Seychelles, who have been thrashed in every other game, including 8-1 by Libya on Saturday, may still come back to haunt Bafana – despite remaining unbeaten and in second place in Group E with a match to go.