Super Eagles Claim First AFCON Win

Afcon Qualifiers Group A
Result: Nigeria 3-1 Sudan
Date: 15 October 2014

The Super Eagles kept their Afcon qualifying hopes alive after they defeated Sudan 3-1 at Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday night.
The Super Eagles certainly showed their intent to attack right from the onset with a few speculative efforts from distance.

Aaron Samuel had a chance to grab his first Super Eagles goal but he fired well wide of the target from inside the area after the 10 minute mark.
The hosts hand another chance to break the deadlock in the 38th minute, as a long range shot from Hope Akpan sailed just over the bar.
John Obi Mikel almost gave the Super Eagles the lead just before the halftime break, but well taken shot was saved by  Akram El Hadi.
While, Bakri almost gave Sudan with the last kick of the half, but his shot sailed just wide.
Once again the home side came out guns blazing and they took the lead three minutes after the restart, thanks to a neat touch and finish by Ahmed Musa, after he was played in by Mikel.
However the visitors leveled matters in the 56th minute, as Salah Al Jizoli tapped home from six-yards out after some slack defending by the Eagles.

Keshi’s men then restored their lead in the 66th minute, as Samuel pounced on a defensive mix-up between Akram El Hadi and his defender to lash home his first goal for the national side.
The Super Eagles were by far the superior side in the second and eventually sealed the win in the 89th minute, as Musa picked up the ball on the edge of box before beating one defender and slotting into the far corner.
Keshi’s men have now moved up to third in Group A with four points.

Here is how they line-up:
Nigeria XI: Vincent Enyeama (c), Ogenyi Onazi, Juwon Oshaniwa, Godfrey Oboabona, Kenneth Omeruo, John Obi Mikel, Raheem Lawal, Hope Akpan, Ahmed Musa, Aaron Samuel, Emmanuel Emenike

Sudan XI: Akram El Hadi; ElHadj, Ali, Gaafar, Faris Abdullah; Kamal, Shigail; Amare, El-Tahir; Bakri, Al-Jizoli
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