Sudan’s Surprise Success Against Nigeria

Sudan surprised Nigeria 1-0 in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations Group A qualifier in Khartoum on Saturday to leave the Super Eagles winless and bottom of the group at the halfway stage.  The Nigerians started off the first half quite well but Emmanuel Emenike’s attempt to score failed as he found himself offside.  Stephen Keshi’s men dominated territory and possession but the Sudanese held their own.

Gbolahan Salami tried to score with a header but the ball fell in the keeper’s hands but then it was the hosts who would go in front courtesy of Bakri Abd El Gadir and it was 1-0 at the break.  The hosts started off the second half and as Keshi’s frustration grew, Efe Ambrose received a yellow card.  Emenike tried to score but El Muez Mahgoub blocked the ball as the home side stayed in front.

Both teams substituted players before Mahgoub saved the ball from John Obi Mikel.  Nigeria was under pressure as the game was coming to an end and Mikel tried to score again but his goal was offside so it did not count.  Five minutes were added,  but the Super Eagles simply could not find a goal.  Sudan move to three points and third position in the group behind South Africa (7) and Congo (6) with the West Africans on 1 after two defeats.