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PREVIEW: With Egypt down, Eagles hope to maintain winning momentum against Sudan

PREVIEW: With Egypt down, Eagles hope to maintain winning momentum against Sudan
January 15
08:10 2022

Off the back of a victory in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) opener, Nigeria will on Saturday face Sudan at the Stade Omnisport Roumdé Adjia in their second group stage game.

Sudan will be looking to get a positive result after playing 0-0 against Guinea-Bissau while Nigeria secured a surprisingly comfortable 1-0 victory over Egypt to kick off their AFCON journey on a winning note.

Augustine Eguavoen’s charges claimed all three points courtesy of a first-half strike from Kelechi Iheanacho. As a result, the Super Eagles are top of Group D and can seal their place in the last 16 by securing yet another win in Garoua.


Standing in the way of the last 16 qualification is a team that has won just two games in the previous 14 meetings between both sides. The most recent was a 1-0 loss to Nigeria in 2018.

Sudan’s draw with Guinea-Bissau keeps their next round qualification hopes alive. Burhan Tia’s men will have to dig deep and perform beyond expectations to defeat the Eagles and remain in the action heading into the final matchday.

Team News

  • Taiwo Awoniyi looked sharp with his pressing and productive runs against Pharaohs.
  • Kenneth Omeruo and Chidozie Awaziem have been ruled out of the game due to injury.
  • Ahmed Musa had to make do with a place on the bench last time out, but the 28-year-old could be given the nod to feature right from the jump this time.
  • Mohamed Abdelrahman and Abdelrazig Omer are expected to be given the nod to start.
  • There are no injury concerns for the North African side who go into the game as underdogs.

Nigeria’s possible starting line-up: Maduka Okoye, Ola Aina, Zaidu Sanusi, Semi Ajayi, William Troost-Ekong, Joe Aribo, Wilfred Ndidi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, Ahmed Musa, Moses Simon.

Sudan’s possible starting line-up: Ali Achrine, Salaheldin Nemer, Mazin Mohamedein, Mustafa Karshoum, Mustafa Elfadni, Mohamed Al Rashed, Abdelrazig Omer, Gumaa Abas Omer, Walieldin Khedr, Mohamed Abdelrahman, Yasin Hamed.

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