South Africa claimed the bronze at the 2019 Under-20 Africa Cup of Nations AFCON after defeating Nigeria’s Flying Eagles 5-3 on penalty kicks in the competition’s third-place match.

In the game played on the penultimate day of the competition held in Niamey, play at regulation time ended goalless.

It was the first time South Africa finished third in the history of the competition after two fourth-place feats in 2009 and 2017.

Siphesihle Mkhize who scored South Africa’s first goal in the tournament netted the decisive spot kick to earn the Amajita a crucial win.

It was the third time that seven-times champions Nigeria finished fourth in the competition.

The Flying Eagles finished fourth in 1979 and in 1981.

Both teams had earlier played out a goalless draw in their second Group A match at the competition.