Sudan Shock Nigeria In AFCON Qualifier

African champions, the Super eagles of Nigeria are now walking on a tight rope as they lost by a lone goal to Sudan in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifying match in Khartoum on Saturday.
The Eagles nearly scored an early goal in the 11th minute after a beautiful ball from the midfield by John Obi Mikel found Ahmed Musa whose cross into the Sudanese box was met by Nosa Igiebor’s effort which came off the post.
Efe Ambrose and Mikel also had a pop at the Sudanese goal in quick succession in the 13th minute as Nigeria grew in confidence after a nervous start.
Sudan’s claim for a penalty was waved away after Tahir’s charge at goal whipped off Ambrose’s shoulder.
The Falcons of Jediane kept the Nigerian defence on their toes for a long stretch and Tahir’s effort in the 29 minute just flashed over the bar as goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama looked to have had it covered.
Sudan scored the decisive goal two minutes to the break when Babeker Bakri buried a header past goalkeeper Enyeama.
The Eagles came back stronger in the second half as Ambrose tested Sudan’s goalkeeper and Mikel’s follow-up went out for a corner kick which was wasted.
Coach Stephen Keshi introduced Emmanuel Sunday and Raheem Lawal in a bid to get the Nigerian team back in the game but their introduction did not yield the much needed results.
Sudan’s defence held out for a famous win despite Nigeria’s best effort and a Mikel’s disallowed goal to chalk up their first full points in the qualifiers.
Nigeria are now placed last in the group with just one point from three matches and the Super Eagles will host Sudan on Wednesday at the National Stadium in Abuja.
Earlier, South Africa defeated Congo 2-0 away in Pointe Noire to leap frog the Congolese to top spot in the group with seven points.


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