MATCH CENTRE

SAT 11 OCTOBER 2014, 19:00, KHARTOUM

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VS
0

Sudan shock champions Nigeria

by Samm Audu

Sat October 11, 21:06

Sudan have compounded the problems of Nigeria qualifying for next year's AFCON after they upset the African champions 1-0 in Khartoum on Saturday.


 This was a must-win for the Super Eagles, but they did not create any meaningful openings, while their hosts delivered the killer punch four minutes from the interval through Bakri Abdulqadir.


 The Al Hilal striker’s powerful header from inside the box completely beat goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama for the match winner.


 South Africa are now top of Group A after a superb 2-0 win in Congo earlier in the day, while Sudan leapfrogged Nigeria into third place with their first win of the qualifying series.


 Nigeria will now hope to turn the table against Sudan when they host them on Wednesday in Abuja.


 Mathematically, The Eagles could still sneak through to the 2014 Nations Cup if they won their remaining three matches – at home to Sudan and South Africa and away to Congo.


 The signals were worrying from the onset as Sudan quickly settled into the rhythm on the artificial pitch at the sell-out Khartoum Stadium, while Nigeria tried to get going with the long ball.


 The Eagles lacked ideas especially in the final third and must be bitterly disappointed that they hardly troubled a well organised Sudan defence for most of this encounter.


 Ironically, the first main chance fell in the 11th minute to Nosa Igiebor, who fired from outside the box but his shot crashed against the base of the post to the relief of the home team.


 Sudan, on the other hand, preferred the short, simple passes as they very much looked like they have mastered the pitch.


 Hard working Emenike was denied a goal by the Sudan goalkeeper and skipper Moez Mahjoub immediately after the restart of the second half.


 He will also see his tame effort cuddled by the goalkeeper in the 58th minute.


 Kenneth Omeruo was lucky not to be sent off by the Zambian referee after 65 minutes when he clearly elbowed goal scorer Abdulqadri.


 Three minutes from full time, Mikel thought he had drawn Nigeria level but he had scored from an offside position.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE KHARTOUM
SUDAN GOALS NIGERIA GOALS
Bakri Abdulgadir (41')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
1
SUDAN STARTING LINEUP NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Defender
48'
0
Defender
0
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
41'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
CARDS
KEY
Goal
Penalty Missed
Yellow Card
Substitute IN
Own Goal
Penalty Shootout Goal
Yellow / Red Card
Substitute OUT
Penalty
Penalty Shootout Miss
Red Card
Injury
COMMENTS

What do you expect from Ego coach? NFF, it's time to give Olishe or another coach a chance. Sudan? This is embarrassing. Even, Lesotho or Eritrea will beat Keshi's Eagles. The era of Keshi's Eagles have finished today. Afcon 2013 is gone, this is 2014. It's a bitter truth we Nigerians failed to realized and I won't be deceived by that. The time have tell now. God bless Nigeria!

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