By Oyediji Oluwaseun Babatunde
Sports Writer, kick442.com Nigeria
Super Eagles of Nigeria defeated Falcons of Sudan 3-1 to record consecutive victories in its first two Group D games of the TotalEnergies African Cup of Nations (AFCON 2021).
Nigeria’s coach, Augustine Eguavoen made no changes to the side that defeated Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 with Maduka Okoye in goal alongside Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo, William Troost Ekong, Zaidu Sanusi, Wilfred Ndidi, Jo Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho, Moses Simon, Samuel Chukwueze, and Taiwo Awoniyi in a 4-4-2 formation.
Sudan’s coach, Tia started the game with Ali Abdallah Abu-Eshrein, Mazin Mohamedein, Mustafa Karshom, Salaheldin Nemer, Mustafa Elfadni, Mohamed Al Rasheed, Walieldin Khidir, Abdelrazig Omer, Yasin Hamed, Gomaa Abbas Omer, and Musab Eisa in a 4-2-3-1 formation.
Nigeria opened the scoring as early as the third minute as Samuel Chukwueze latched on to a precise pass inside the box from Simon Moses, and he beats the Sudanese goalkeeper with a low shot into the middle of the goal.
In the 20th minute, Wilfred Ndidi latched on to a superb cross inside the box but only hits the crossbar with a fine header.
A long pass inside the box in the 36th minute is latched unto by Taiwo Awoniyi, who looked up and slammed a terrific shot past the keeper but onto the right post.
Five minutes later, Nigeria had a golden chance.
Joe Aribo meets a cross in the box and finds some space for a shot. He produced an accurate effort that goes wide of the right post.
Super Eagles finally scored the second goal in the 45th minute.
Taiwo Awoniyi rises high to beat the goalkeeper with a perfect header to put the ball inside the left post.
After the interval, Sudan coach, Burhan Tia substituted Gomaa Abbas Omer and he was replaced by Dhiya Mahjoub Musa.
Al-Gozoli Nooh came in for Musab Eisa.
Augustine Eguavoen brought on Alex Iwobi for Samuel Chukwueze.
Super Eagles of Nigeria increased its tally to three in the 46th minute.
Moses Simon pounced on a loose ball inside the box and beats the Sudanese goalkeeper with a low shot inside the middle of the net.
Sudan reduced the deficit in the 70th minute.
A foul by Ola Aina on a Sudanese player resulted in a penalty after the Video Assistant Referee (VAR) alerted referee Victor Miguel de Freitas Gomes.
Walieldin Khidir runs up to the ball, stops, and waits for Maduka Okoye in goal for Nigeria to commit before slotting the penalty into the right of the goal.
Nigeria with the victory moved to the top of Group D with a maximum of six points ahead of Egypt’s game with Guinea Bissau and will face Guinea Bissau in its final group game on January 19, 2022.
Nigeria 3-1 Sudan
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