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Nigeria 3-1 Sudan: Super Eagles Restore AFCON Hopes

Nigeria 3-1 Sudan: Super Eagles Restore AFCON Hopes

The joyous crowd that flooded the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday reflected the collective sigh of a relief felt by a nation as the Super Eagles finally won their first game of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.

The first half of the game ended 0-0 and there were visible palpitations on the face of the fans in the stands but three minutes after the break, the Eagles had their first goal of the game. Ahmed Musa side-footed a great finish from a John Mikel Obi assist with an assured calmess.


Sudan levelled score in the 55th minute through Salah Nimir from a quick attack on the Eagles defence as the back four was caught napping.

Aaron Samuel made it 2-1 sweeping home a cross from the outside right. Stephen Keshi brought on Sone Aluko in place of Raheem Lawal and the addition of the Hull City forwad injected pace and energy in the Eagles’ attack.


The impact of Mikel Obi was great in the game. He drove forward with surging runs especially in the second half and would have even scored in the first half after his chest control and half volley on a swivel was saved.

Ahmed Musa scored Nigeria’s third goal of the game in the 89th minute. The forward who had a man-of-the-match display, initially lost the ball but with a stroke of luck, recovered it from a sloppy Sudanese defender, dribbled another and shot to the bottom left corner though the Sudan keeper had a hand on the ball. He was however substituted on the dot of 90th minute by Ighodaro Osaguona

The Eagles are now third in Group A with 4 points after Match Day 4. The Eagles’ next games in November are against Congo and South Africa on November 15 and 19 respectively.

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  • omo9ja 7 years ago

    Ahhhhhhhh , to God be the glory. however, thanks to Musa and the rest of the team. Therefore, this team can’t qualify us to Afcon 2015. I appreciate Keshi’s efforts, Chineke will bless him for me. Now, its time for a change if to say Nigeria really want to be in Morocco 2015. The best thing NFF can do for Nigerians now is to let go of Keshi because his team can’t beat Congo and South Africa but if they insist that Keshi must stay, we should all remember that God is not a Nigerian and we can’t keep praying for incompetent coach. However, NFF must get a sound coach for Eagles in this month if they know what their doing. Hmm, the truth is bitter, a word is enough for the wise. God bless Nigeria!

  • SoccerInNigeria 7 years ago

    Congratulations to the team. Well done for the victory. Great Job

    But Keshi must still go. Nigeria needs a fresh start. A New NFF management is in place. The Negativity Keshi has created around the team with his antics is way too much for him to continue. Keshi has lost the support of Most Nigerians. He must go.

    A win against Sudan should be routine business for Nigeria. Nigeria was always going to beat Sudan at home even if Kano Pillars or Enyimba played for Nigeria today. Victory against Sudan CAN NOT be used as a Yard Stick retain Keshi

    I Love Keshi, but KESHI MUST GO. KESHI MUST GO. KESHI MUST GO.!!!!! This is a common sense decision for the NFF

  • detator 7 years ago

    as a Nigeria i am happy we won today but i don,t no the logicality that this mr coach will use to land us in Morocco next year watching south-African and Congo playing a goalless draw and the way both team were technically discipline
    put me in a state of wonderland how can keshi and this soup chicken eagles get those 6point t to qualifier us
    NFF biko-nu give us a good coach keshi tried but is not a good coach individual football will help us

  • Emmy Babas 7 years ago

    Keshi must be commended,no minus presently in african football,i stil tip him and his antic 2 tke d super eagles 2 congo and a win is asured.

  • ahmed frm lagos 7 years ago

    Well ds is a victory of change we all apriciate stephen keshi fr d nations cup trophy,pls keshi should go we need a real coach lik samson siasia to com back and we can compesate keshi wt d under 23 team tanx

  • Edu Adigwe. 7 years ago

    Keshi must not go. Keshi is the best coach in Nigeria and the best coach in Africa. Up keshi ! Up super eagles.

  • Benue 7 years ago

    It is good Nigeria won today. Now to the time has come for Keshi to respect himself and step aside. Keshi is taking the team in the Wrong Direction.

  • Marsh 7 years ago

    @Benue, Keshi has respected himself as you suggested. Amodu has taken over, good news for you.