MATCH CENTRE

WED 15 OCTOBER 2014, 18:00, ABUJA

3
VS
1

Nigeria bounce back with win over Sudan

by Samm Audu

Wed October 15, 20:06

African champions Nigeria Super Eagles revived their hopes of qualifying for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco when they defeated Sudan 3-1 in Abuja on Wednesday.

Nigeria have now climbed to third place in Group A with four points from as many matches.

South Africa lead the standings on seven points, while Congo are second with six points. Sudan are bottom with three points.

Next month, they travel to Congo, before they host South Africa to round up their campaign for a place at the 2015 Nations Cup.

Nigeria opened scoring after 48 minutes when birthday boy Ahmed Musa latched on to a through ball by Mikel Obi, evaded his marker before he slid the ball home.

However, Sudan restored parity in the 55th minute when Salah Ibrahim slotted home from a pass from inside the box.

China-based striker Aaron Samuel restored Nigeria lead in the 66th minute when he stabbed home a loose ball after a mix-up between Sudan goalkeeper Akram El Hadi and his defender.

Ahmed Musa got his brace in the 90th minute when he capitalised on another Sudan defensive lapse, rounded up another defender before he slotted home for Nigeria’s third goal.

Coach Stephen Keshi, whose job is on the line, made four changes to his starting XI in Sudan at the weekend, giving debuts to Reading midfielder Hope Akpan and Aaron Samuel while preferred fullbacks Elderson Echiejile and Efe Ambrose were axed.

Nigeria were at best disjointed in the first half as they attacked from the onset in front of an appreciable crowd at the Abuja National Stadium.

Interestingly, it was the visitors who even created the better chances on the counter attack in the first 45 minutes.

MATCH STATISTICS
MATCH VENUE REFEREE
GROUP STAGE ABUJA
NIGERIA GOALS SUDAN GOALS
Ahmed Musa (48') Salah Nimir (55')
Samuel Aaron (66')
Ahmed Musa (90')
CAUTIONS DISMISSALS CAUTIONS DISMISSALS
NIGERIA STARTING LINEUP SUDAN STARTING LINEUP
Goalkeeper
0
Goalkeeper
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Defender
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
0
Midfielder
64'
0
Midfielder
0
Forward/Striker
48'
90'
90 + 1'
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
0
Forward/Striker
66'
85'
0
Forward/Striker
0
SUBSTITUTIONS
Sone Aluko
Forward/Striker
64'
0
Gbolahan Salami
Forward/Striker
85'
0
Ighodaro Osaguona
Forward/Striker
90 + 1'
0
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
GALLERY
COMMENTS

Congratulations to Eagles and all Nigerians. Reality time. It's time to let go of Keshi. Enough is enough, Keshi's team can't beat Congo and South Africa team. This is not our real Eagles. NFF must get a sound coach for Eagles this month but we don't need a white coach. If not, bye bye to Morocco 2015. The truth is bitter. God bless Nigeria!

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