Nigeria joins Cameroon, Morocco for knockouts after thumbing Sudan 3-1
Yaounde – Cameroon.
Nigeria have qualified for the round of 16 of the African cup following an emphatic three-one win over Sudan on Saturday in Garoua.
Samuel Chukwueze opened scores with the fastest goal of the tournament for the time being.
After a string of misses by coach Eguavoen’s fierce trio of Iheanacho, Moses Simon and Taiwo Awoniyi, the latter finally hit the target on the half time mark.
The fleet-footed Moses Simon who assisted Chukwueze made it three nil with another early half strike.
Walieldin Khidir pulled one back for Sudan from the spot. Referee Gomez’s VAR-assisted decision penalised Ola Aina for pulling in the area.
Khidir’s strike is the first goal for the Falcons of Jediane in two matches.
Understandable dominion by the Super Eagles over a side 89 places shy of them on the Fifa rankings.
Sudan shoulders a herculean task on 19 January when they meet with Mohammed Salah’s Egypt.
The Super Eagles took firm control of the second half like they did in the first.
The three-time winners of the continental crown are safe going forward after grinding out results against Egypt in the opener on Saturday 15 January.
Nigeria now counts three victories and Sudan one from their four meetings.
The Sudanese are now on a 12-game winless streak, losing eight and claiming four draws.
So far, so good for the Super Eagles who have succeeded to keep the hopes of a fourth African title alive. Their next match pits them to Guinea-Bissau.