With the three points already in the kitty, Coach Austin Eguavoen’s men are guaranteed not just a place in the Round of 16 but also a possible top finish in Group D if they overcome Sudan.
Unlike Egypt who are familiar foes, this is only the third time Nigeria will be facing Sudan at the AFCON with the last coming 46 years ago.
Going by the feelers in camp, coach Eguavoen is likely to stick with the same starting 11 against the Pharaohs though he may spring a surprise with one or two changes, especially the below-average Samuel Chukwueze.
Saturday’s Group D match between Nigeria and Sudan is slated for 5 pm at the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua.
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There are no changes to the starting 11. Coach Augustine Eguavoen keeps faith with the 11 players that started against Egypt last Tuesday.
Maduka Okoye: Ola Aina, Willian Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi; Joe Aribo, Wilfred Ndidi, Samuel Chukwueze, Moses Simon; Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi
The two teams are on the pitch and the national teams are rendering their national anthems with the Super Eagles first taking their turn
While Nigeria is sticking to the same set of players that played their opening group game, Sudan has made a change to their own team
Kickoff… Sudan get the game underway
GOAL .. Chukwueze gives the Eagles a quick lead
Joe Aribo provided a good ball in the box that the Villarreal man slotted in from close range.
Sudan win a free-kick inside their own half
Chance for Sudan but the move flagged as offside
Yasin wins a corner kick for Sudan after his run was truncated by Troost-Ekong
Coach Austin Eguavoen is on his feet charging on his players
15 minutes gone Nigeria 1-0 Sudan
Chukwueze with a missed chance but he does well to track back to recover possession for the Eagles
Midfield General, Wilfred Ndidi wins a free kick for Nigeria by the centre circle
Nigerian fans quite vocal inside the Roumde Adjia Stadium, Garoua
Despite being one of the pioneers of the Afcon competition in 1957, this match is Sudan’s 26st match in the Africa Cup of Nations’ history
Chance… Iheanacho finds Awoniyi in the box but the Union Berlin man has seen his shot well blocked
Many would have expected more goals by now from the Super Eagles after racing into the lead inside just three minutes
Sudan’s Musab being attended to by the medics on the pitch
Nigeria and Sudan are meeting for the third time at the Africa Cup of Nations, but it’s their first encounter at the tournament for 46 years. Sudan won the first match 4-0 in the 1963 group phase whilst Nigeria won the second 1-0 in 1976.
A couple of chances for Nigeria but Sudan escape unhurt after the goal mouth scramble
The Sudan keeper gets a knock on his nose after his desperate moves to deny Nigeria a second goal
40 Minutes Nigeria 1-0 Sudan
Nigeria have won 10 of their last 12 Africa Cup of Nations games (L2), keeping six clean sheets.
Barely two minutes to half time, Nigeria still looking to extend their one-goal lead
Chukwueze wins a free kick for Nigeria in a promising position
GOAL… Iheanacho takes the free-kick and Awoniyi with the final touch its 2-0 for Nigeria
Three minutes added time
HALF TIME : Nigeria 2-0 Sudan
Second half underway in Garoua
Alex Iwobi in for Chukwueze
Goal.. Third goal for Nigeria as Moses Simon makes it 3-0
Acrobatic display by Moses after getting his goal
Last-ditch defending denies Zaidu Sanusi what could have been Nigeria’s fourth goal
Free kick for Sudan but Okoye makes an easy catch off
M.Hussien comes in for Yasim as the Sudanese coach makes a third change
Double change for Nigeria as Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Nwakali comes in for Iheanacho and Aribo
Ola Aina booked for an infringement and Sudan also get a penalty kick with 20 minutes to go
GOAL. No chance for Okoye Sudan pull one back from the penalty spot
Free kick for Nigeria, Nwakali hits it on target but easy catch for the Sudan keeper
At 75 minutes: Nigeria 3-1 Sudan
Awoniyi makes for Umar Sadiq as Eguavoen makes another change
Musa drives into the Sudan box but his pass to Sadiq Umar was a bit heavy
The game is temporarily on hold as a Sudan player is being attended to by medics on the pitch
Free kick for Nigeria but playing on the advantage could have been better for Nigeria
Four minutes added time
Sadiq Umar with an attempt on goal but it is way off-target
Zaidu Sanusi’s effort from distance is way off the target
FULL TIME: Nigeria 3-1 Sudan