Sudanese players threatened to shock Nigeria by ensuring they grabbed all three points in today’s Africa Cup of Nations tie against Nigeria.
Nigeria and Sudan will meet on Saturday (today) at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in the second day of AFCON Group D in Cameroon.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles come top of the game after beating Egypt 1-0, while Sudan’s Jediane Falcons have one point from a goalless draw against Guinea-Bissau.
The Super Eagles go into the game in high spirits, especially after overcoming Egypt in the group-opening game through a stunning Kelechi Iheanacho in the first half.
Coach Augustine Eguavoen’s side emerged as favorites to go the distance after the outstanding performance against the Pharaohs in the opener.
The Jediane Falcons await a tough task on Saturday, but goalkeeper Ali Abu Ashren’s mates will be hoping for a positive result to revive their chances of progressing to the knockout stages.
Abu Ashren played to save his team against Guinea-Bissau when he saved a penalty in the dying minutes. Coach Burhan Tiya hopes his players will perform at their best against the powerful Nigerian side so they can keep hopes of qualifying.
Sudan coach Burhan Tia says the absence of the team’s key player Mohamed Abdel Rahman will not affect the performances.
“We play with a great team with top stars, but we will play with a balance between defense and attack. The absence of Mohamed Abdel Rahman is impressive, but we have a number of young players waiting for an opportunity to come forward,” he said.
Sudanese player, Yassin Hamid has threatened that the Super Eagles will be shocked by their determination to register victory.
“In these tournaments, you can draw or win. Football is played on the pitch, not in names. Nigeria are a superstar team and we are a young team but we will fight to achieve our ambition to get past the group stage,” he said. CAFOnline.
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