Nigeria Eye Knockout Spot Against Sudan

Nigeria Eye Knockout Spot Against Sudan


By Babajide Okeowo

The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be eyeing qualification into the knockout stage of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) when they face Sudan in their second Group D match on Saturday.

Nigeria, three-time AFCON winners, had gotten off to a good start in the tournament following a 1-0 victory over record-holders Egypt in their first tie a few days back.

Three points against the Falcons of Jediane at the Estadio Roumde Adjia, Garoua, will see the 2013 champions book a spot in the round of 16.

Nigeria’s preparation for the competition had been marred with tussles over the release of players.

While Napoli striker, Victor Osimhen, was left out based on health grounds; Watford did not release in-form forward Emmanuel Dennis, a development that raised concerns among fans.

Aside from player availability, the sacking of long-time coach, Gernot Rohr, less than two months before the tournament also cast doubt on Nigeria’s participation. In his stead, former international, Austin Eguaveon, was named to handle the side.

But in their first game on Tuesday, the Eagles deservedly defeated the record-winners 1-0 after a dominant display.

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