The Super Eagles of Nigeria kicked off their 2021 Africa Cup of Nations campaign in stellar fashion. Nigeria’s 1-0 win over Egypt marked the North African side’s first defeat at the AFCON group phase since 2004 when the Pharaohs lost 2-1 to Algeria.
The Super Eagles hope to continue their impressive run of form when they take on Sudan at 5pm WAT today.
Nigeria currently sit top of Group D following the win over Egypt, and a goalless draw between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau. A victory for the Super Eagles will guarantee their place in the tournament’s Round of 16.
Nigeria are still chasing a fourth AFCON title and will fancy their chances when both teams take to the pitch.
The Super Eagles are on an impressive run of form. They have five wins and one draw from their last seven games, falling to one defeat against Central African Republic in the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.
Augustine Eguavoen’s side also enjoy a good head-to-head record against Sudan. Nigeria have claimed 8 wins and 4 draws from the 14 meetings between both teams across all competitions.
The last meeting between both sides was a 1-0 win for Gernot Rohr’s home-based Eagles at the African Nations Championship (CHAN) Semi-final, at the Stade de Marrakech, Marrakech, Morocco in 2018.
Players to Watch
Seniorman Kelechi Iheanacho was in inspirational form, providing a sensational two-touch goal from a Joe Aribo assist.
Eguavoen will be looking towards both players to inspire the attack once again. He will also be calling on Union Berlin forward, Taiwo Awoniyi to break the Sudanese backline.
Nigeria’s captain, Ahmed Musa could also be given an outside chance to lead the lineup as we expect Sudan to sit deep and soak up pressure.
Sudan’s head coach, Burhan Tia will be looking towards players like Al-Gozoli Nooh and Yasin Hamed to offer some inspiration in attack. However, we expect him to rely more on his defence, especially goalkeeper Ali Abu Eshrein.
The 33-year old’s heroic penalty save in the 82nd minute was enough to earn them a point against Guinea-Bissau on Matchday One of the AFCON. We expect him to have a relatively busy day against the dynamic attack of the Super Eagles.
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