Ademola Lookman hands Nigeria semi-final berth at AFCON

Nigeria have qualified for the semi-finals of the Africa Cup of Nations after a narrow 1-0 win over a spirited Angola side.
The three-time former winners booked their place in the final four thanks to Ademola Lookman’s first half goal.

Angola hit the post after the break but were unable to fashion a goal of their own as they head home after an otheriwse impressive tournament.

Ademola Lookman scored the only goal as Nigeria edged out Angola to book their place in the Africa Cup of Nations semi-finals.

The Atalanta winger struck four minutes before half-time in Abijdan, turning in Moses Simon’s cross to book a last-four date with either Cape Verde or South Africa.

Bidding to reach their first semi-final, Angola made a bright start and were denied in the fourth minute when Stanley Nwabali kept out Mabululu’s close-range volley.

However, it was Nigeria who hit the front in the 41st minute. Simon skipped away from Kialonda Gaspar’s sliding challenge and squared the ball for Lookman to fire into the roof of the net.

Angola almost responded just before the hour mark. Substitute Zine latched onto Show’s throughball and beat Nwabali, only to see his first-time shot bounce back off the post.

Although VAR denied Victor Osimhen, whose header from Lookman’s free-kick was chalked off for offside, the Super Eagles held out to secure their passage into the semi-finals.

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Juventus, Atletico Madrid chase Super Eagles star (Watch him in action for Nigeria at AFCON)

Super Eagles of Nigeria’s star Ademola Lookman is being targeted by Juventus and Atletico Madrid, according to The Sun.

He is currently away at the Africa Cup of Nations with Nigeria – where he has been one of the tournament’s standout players.

The forward scored both goals in Nigeria’s 2-0 round of 16 victory over Cameroon to fire them into the quarter-finals.

Lookman failed to pull up trees during his time in the Premier League which also included a loan spell at Fulham.

He had more success in his first season while at RB Leipzig but went on to struggle in the Bundesliga before being sold to Atalanta.

He’s gone on to play the best football of his career in Serie A, racking up 13 goals and eight assists last season and has also experienced a strong start to this campaign.

Lookman has scored seven goals and assisted three this season and is thought of as one of the most talented players in Italy.