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Okechukwu fires Super Eagles into CHAN final

Okechukwu fires Super Eagles into CHAN final
January 31
23:33 2018
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Gabriel Okechukwu’s goal helped Nigeria pip Sudan 1-0 to qualify for the final of the 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN).

Eight minutes into the game, Nigeria suffered a huge blow when Ikechukwu Ezenwa got injured in the process of blocking out Mohamed Idris’s effort on goal. The Eagles’ skipper couldn’t continue the match and was replaced by Dele Ajiboye.

In the 16th minute, Okechukwu scored from close range with a low shot after beating the defence with his pace.

Anthony Okpotu had the chance to double the advantage for Nigeria but his low drive was kept out by the Falcons goalkeeper.

Gabriel came close to bagging a brace, however, his left-footed shot sailed inches wide off the left corner.

The final 10 minutes of the first half was busy for Ajiboye as the Sudanese team bombarded Nigeria with full force.

In the second half, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi’s dangerous tackle earned him a red card in the 58th minute.

With time running out, Bachir was red-carded for bringing down Ojo on the edge of the box.

Still piling the pressure, the Sudan team forced Ajiboye to make two world class saves in injury time.

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