Nigeria’s Super Eagles failed beat Sudan in the away game on October 11, 2014, Saturday. Stephen Keshi’s team is now rooted to the bottom of Group A with 1 point. However, there are still some theoretical chances for them to go to Morocco next year and defend their title at the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations.
After three rounds of qualifying, Bafana Bafana are on top with 7 points, ahead of Congo and Sudan with 6 and 3 points respectively.
The match ‘in return’, Nigeria vs Sudan, is scheduled for October 15, 2014, Wednesday (17:00).
Read the key moments of today’s match, as they happened, below:
90`+5 The final whistle blows. Nigeria is defeated in Khartoum.
89` Mikel shots wide from 25-27 meter distance. Five minutes added which is fair enough
87` Mikel scores a ball from off-side. Huge disappointment on his face
81` Ten minutes remaining. Confident play by the Sudanese keeper again
77` Great volley by John Obi Mikel, but… in the hands of the Sudanese keeper
75` Substitution #2 (Nigeria) Raheem Lawal Adewole IN, Efe Eric Ambrose OUT
74` Alrayyah Ali (Sudan) received injury. Help is being called. Nigerian fans consider it as time wasting by the hosts
70` Substitution #1 (Nigeria) Emmanuel Sunday IN, Fuad Salami OUT
69` Substiturion #1 (Sudan) Ahmed Mohamed IN, Ibrahim Salah OUT
63` The game is resumed. The time for substitutions is coming
60` Big pause in the game. Sudanese player (Alrayyah Ali , #2) might not be able to continue
55` One of benefits for the Super Eagles may be their fitness level. But it’s currently +30 in Khartoum, so will it actually work?
49` Whistle by Zambian referee. Oboabona accused of hand play. For Sudan, it’s a second opportunity for a dangerous kick from standard position in two minutes
47` Yellow card Efe Eric Ambrose
46` Sudan kick off
It’s half time! Meanwhile, in another match of group A held earlier today Congo were defeated by South Africa 0 – 2. Bafana Bafana top the group with 7 points after three games.
45` One minute added. A nightmare for Stephen Keshi
42` Goal Sudan. Piercing attack and good pass by the hosts. Vincent Enyeama could do nothing against a header from close distance.
39` Stepephen Keshi looks quite disappointed so far
35` Sudanese offside trap did not work, dangerous header by Godfrey Oboabona
33` The Eagles control the ball well, now play ‘higher’ to the middle of the field
30` A foul by Onazi gives Sudan an opportunity for dangerous free kick
27` The hosts bed for penalty, but it as a shoulder of Ambrose
22` Ahmed Musa does some defensive job, as Sudan keeps controlling the ball on Eagles’ part of the field
18` Emenike puts pressure on the Sudanese keeper
15` John Obi Mikel shots from distance. Close and dangerous. The ball hits the net from outer side
12` Up to 4,000 of Nigerian students who study in Khartoum are expected to support the Super Eagles at the stadium
11` Incredible: a tricky shot by Igiebor! It was a post. Sudan gets nervous
7` The hosts are controlling the ball well, seek a historic win
4` This is not a game of high speeds
1` And off we go!
The game is not going to be easy for Stephen Keshi and his boys. Below is the starting 11 for the game:
The Super Eagles failed to train on Friday evening because the stadium got flooded. Today was a dry day, but the condition of the field remains questionable.
The first Nigeria loss to Sudan was in 1963, when they fell 4-0 in a 1964 Nations Cup qualifier, and then 2-1 in 1967. The last meeting was in a friendly in 2008 which Nigeria won 2-0.
Nigeria ran away 4-0 winners on their last visit to Sudan (July 2001) during a 2002 World Cup qualifier.