In-form Super Eagles goalkeeper, Stanley Nwabali, is on the verge of breaking former Nigerian shotstoppers, Best Ogedengbe and Ike Shorunmu’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) records in Nigeria’s semi-final clash against South Africa at the Stade de la Paix in Bouake.
Nwabali recently equaled Ogedengbe and Shorunmu’s record after keeping a clean sheet in Nigeria’s 1-0 quarter-finals win over Angola in Ivory Coast.
This victory propelled the Eagles to the semi-finals of the 34th edition of the AFCON, as they aim to secure their fourth tournament win.
After keeping another clean sheet against Angola, the 27-year-old became the third Eagles goalkeeper to achieve four consecutive clean sheets in a major tournament, surpassing Alloy Agu’s three-game streak in 1990.
Ogedengbe was the first to accomplish this feat in 1980, during Nigeria’s first continental title win.
He kept two consecutive clean sheets against Ivory Coast and Egypt in the group stage, conceding only once in their opening game against Tanzania.
Shorunmu followed suit in 2002, 22 years later, during the competition in Mali where Nigeria won a bronze medal.
The then 34-year-old started the tournament in impressive form, keeping clean sheets in the first four games.
However, he conceded his first goals in the semi-finals against Senegal, which ended in a 2-1 defeat after extra-time.
Nwabali, like Ogedengbe, conceded a goal in the opening game against Equatorial Guinea but has remained unbeaten since then, keeping clean sheets against Ivory Coast, Guinea-Bissau, Cameroon, and Angola.
The Chippa United goalkeeper will aim to claim the record outright when the Eagles face the winners between South Africa and Cape Verde in the semi-finals.
This article was updated 2 weeks ago