RUSTENBURG, South Africa, Feb 3 (Reuters) - Unheralded Sunday Mba scored 12 minutes from time to hand Nigeria a shock 2-1 quarter-final win and knock favourites Ivory Coast out of the African Nations Cup in Rustenburg on Sunday.
The home-based midfielder set up the goal with a mazy run and his shot took a deflection off Souleman Bamba.
Emmanuel Emenike opened the scoring with a long range shot that sailed right through the arms of Ivory Coast goalkeeper Boubacar Barry two minutes before halftime.
Cheikh Tiote equalised early in the second half with a header as he stole in unmarked at the back post.
Nigeria play Mali in their semi-final in Durban on Wednesday. Later on Sunday, Burkina Faso meet Togo in the last of the quarter-finals in Nelspruit. (Reporting by Mark Gleeson; Editing by Justin Palmer; [email protected] +27828257807 Messaging [email protected])