AFCON 2021: How Eagles soared higher than Falcons in 3-1 thrashing of Sudan

By Harry Awurumibe, Editor Abuja Bureau

Celebration Time. ..Super Eagles players celebrating one of the three goals scored against Sudan in Garoua, Cameroon on Saturday.

Two first half goals and another goal early in the second half ensured that Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeated Sudan’s Falcons of Jediane 3-1 in the

Match Day 2 of Group D at Stade Roumde Adjia, Garoua to qualify for the Round of 16 of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
It was a battle of two birds with one known for its strength to soar higher, even against the winds, and that was exactly what Super Eagles did against the Sudanese team in Garoua.
Nigeria went into early offensive in the cool Saturday evening in Garoua and it took only three minutes before Spanish La Liga club, Villarreal’s forward, Samuel Chukwueze scored a beautiful low drive which beat Sudanese goalkeeper, Maumood Alshrine.
Nigeria made it two goals in the 45 minute when Taiwo Awoniyi’s head
deflected the ball and Sudan’s goalkeeper fumbled it into his own net while the third goal for Nigeria came immediately after the resumption after winger, Moses Simon scored at close range in the 46 minute.
However, one moment of madness by Super Eagles Center Back, Olaoluwa Aina gifted Sudan a penalty scored by Abdel Sofour  in the 70 minute. He was adjudged by the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) to have stamped on a Sudanese player in the 68 minute.
Aside the penalty, the Sudanese were no threats to the  Nigerians except on two or three occasions when Super Eagles goalkeeper, Maduka Okoye’s ball timing was called for questioning.
Interim Manager, Augustine Eguavoen started the same line-up  against Egypt in the first match but had to make early substitutions when
Alex Iwobi replaced Chukwueze in  the 45 minute.
Also, Captain  Ahmed Musa came in for Iheanacho while Kelechi  Nwakali  took the place of Joseph  Aribo in the 71 minute just as gangling forward,
Umar Sodiq replaced Awoniyi in the 81 minute.

Super Eagles lineup in a previous match

Tried as the Sudanese did, they could not breakdown the Nigerian side to score more goals until the end of the match.

Speaking to reporters after the encounter in Garoua, Nigerian
coach, Augustine Eguavoen praised the Sudanese for giving Nigeria a good match.
“Sudan is not a pushover; the competition provides for a 3rd best team in the group stage so Sudan came out to fight”, he said.
Asked if Nigeria is among the  favourites for the AFCON trophy in Cameroon, he said: “It’s same question every now and then
We ‘ll feel good if we win the trophy but we are taking it one game at a time”.
Elsewhere, Egypt laboured to a 1-0 victory over hard fighting Guinea-Bissau  courtesy of Liverpool’s forward, Mohamed Salah’s second half goal which secured the Egyptians their first goal of the competition. By this result Egypt with three points is now second in Group D behind Nigeria with six maximum points after two matches each. Guinea-Bissau and Sudan with one point each can still qualify for the knock out stage if they win their last matches against Nigeria and Egypt respectively.

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