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Nigeria and Sudan – Clash of Eagles and Falcons

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Match: Nigeria – Sudan
Date: January 14, 2022
Time: 7:00 PM local time (16:00 GMT)
Venue: Roumde Adjia, Garoua

Nigeria and Sudan will meet on Saturday at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Matchday 2 of Group D of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021.

Nigeria’s Super Eagles enter the match on top after defeating Egypt 1-0, while Sudan’s Jediane Falcons have one point from a goalless draw with Guinea-Bissau.

Iheanacho Kelechi of Nigeria celebrates goal with teammates during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Nigeria and Egypt

Nigeria – To confirm qualification

Nigeria look for another win over Sudan to ensure their qualification to the round of 16 early.

The Super Eagles enter the game with high morale, especially after overcoming Egypt in the group top match, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho stunner in the first half.

Coach Augustine Eguavoen’s team set themselves among the favorites to go far, after the outstanding performance against the Pharaohs in the first match.

Augustine Eguavoen, coach of Nigeria during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Nigeria press conference

What they said

Agustin Eguavoen (Coach, Nigeria)

I am happy with the players and their ability to give their best on the pitch. I am focused on winning against Sudan at the moment. I am not thinking about anything else or how we will start our third match. We are completely focused on our match against Sudan. Beating Egypt was not easy, and we are looking forward to continuing our victories and qualifying for the next round.

Moses Simon (Nigeria Player)

I’m happy to beat Egypt, the great team with great players. I’m also happy because it was my best match in a long time. The way I play has changed and now the coach is giving me more attacking freedom. We hope to achieve a good result against Sudan to ensure qualification.

Sudan players warming up during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals match between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau

Sudan – A difficult task

The Jediane Falcons await a difficult task on Saturday, but the companions of goalkeeper Ali Abu Ashren hope to achieve a positive result to revive their chances of qualifying for the knockout stage.

Abu Ashren starred to save his team against Guinea-Bissau when he saved a penalty kick in the last minutes. Coach Burhan Tiya hopes his players will be at their best against the powerful Nigerian team so they can keep hopes of qualifying.

Burhan Tia, coach of Sudan during the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations Afcon Finals Sudan press conference (2)

What they said

Burhan Tiya (Sudan Coach)

 We play with a great team with high-level 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 appear.

Yassin Hamid (Sudan player)

In these tournaments we can draw or win. Football is played on the field, not in names. Nigeria are a superstar team and we are a young team, but we will fight to fulfill our ambition to go past the group stage.

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