Nigeria Eye Sudan’s Scalp In Yaoundé
Nigeria will be aiming to make it two wins from two matches at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon when they take on Sudan at Roumdé Adjia Stadium in Yaoundé on Saturday.
Kick-off is at 16h00 GMT.
The Super Eagles got their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations crown off to the perfect start with a hard fought 1-0 win over Egypt on Tuesday.
Leicester City forward Kelechi Iheanacho scored the all important goal on the half hour mark to give interim boss Augustine Eguavoen a winning start.
Coach Eguavoen felt that they played their best football against Egypt and he also believes the team is on the right track.
“I congratulate the players for the performance and victory. Egypt respected us but we played our way. We gave everything during the match, and we must play every game as if it were a final,” the Super Eagles’ interim coach told reporters.
“We won the first match, and we will see what we do in the next.”
Nigeria are placed top on the group standings and a victory over Sudan will take them to the knockout stages with one remaining.
Meanwhile, Sudan will be out to stun Nigeria and register their first Group D victory when the two sides lock horns on Saturday.
The Falcons of Jediane played to a goalless draw with Guinea-Bissau in their first group match which was played in Yaoundé on Tuesday.
As a result, Sudan who have one Africa title on their belt, are placed third on the Group D standings with one point – two behind the leaders Nigeria.
Sudan coach Burhan Tia is expected to look to his solid defence which includes the experienced Salah Eldin Nemir, Mustafa Elfadni and lanky right-back Mazin Mohamedein.
Our team is young, and we are building for the future. The spirit, ambition, and motivation will be our strong weapons in the tournament,” Tia told CAF Online.
“There is nothing impossible in football. The group might be strong, but with good preparations and concentration we will be able to make it to the knockout stage,” added Tia.
“We need to prove a point that we have developed and belong to the top group since we have won the AFCON trophy before.”
The last meeting between Nigeria and Sudan was on 15 October 2014.
Nigeria won 3-1 in the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier at the Abuja National Stadium with Ahmed Musa netting a brace.