Alex Iwobi provided an assist as Nigeria beat South Africa 2-1 to book a semi-final showdown with Algeria on Sunday night.
The Arsenal midfielder was instrumental in Samuel Chukwueze’s opener, dancing down the left flank on 27 minutes and then cutting the ball back to the Villarreal man who finished at the second time of asking.
Chukwueze is the lad who was supposed to join the Gunners at the same time as Kelechi Nwakali in 2016 only for passport issues to get in the way.
South Africa had to wait for VAR to overturn an offside decision before celebrating Bongani Zungu’s header on 71 minutes but Bafana Bafana, who’d knocked out the hosts Egypt in the last round, couldn’t hold on for extra time.
In the dying stages, Udinese’s Troost-Ekong bundled home from close range late on to win it. His attempt at a knee slide on a very dry pitch, didn’t quite go to plan. But he was mobbed by his teammates all the same.
On the other side of the draw, Senegal will play Tunisia. The final is on Friday, 19th July.
At this point, it’s pretty much certain that Iwobi will miss the start of the new Premier League campaign.