The Sudanese national team will meet with its national team Nigeria Today, Saturday, at 6 pm, at Romdi Adega Stadium, in the second round of Group D competitions in the African Nations Cup, which is currently being held in Cameroon, and will continue until February 6.
Nigeria enters the meeting after the important victory over Egypt with a clean goal in the first round, while Sudan tied with Guinea Bissau negatively in the same round.
Nigeria, nicknamed the “Green Eagles”, is seeking to achieve the second victory and the three points in order to reach point 6 and ensure that one of the two qualifying cards to qualify for the round of 16 of the African Championship.
While the Sudan national team, known as the “Suqur Al-Jedian”, seeks to achieve a surprise against Nigeria by collecting the three match points, reaching point 4 and leading the group before the final and decisive round in determining the identity of the qualifiers to the next round.
Nigeria leads Group D with 3 points, then Guinea-Bissau comes in second with one point, Sudan ranks third with one point, and Egypt is bottom of the group with zero points.
Nigeria is expected to enter the meeting with a formation consisting of: Madoka Okoye, Zaido Sanusi, Kenneth Omeru, William Trost-Ikong, Moses Simon, Ola Aina, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Onye, Kelechi Ihancho.
On the other hand, the formation of Sudan is expected to be as follows: Ali Abu Ashereen, Salah Nimr Mustafa Karshoum, Abdel Razek Yaqoub, Mohamed Abdel Rahman, Jumaa Qalq, Mustafa Al-Fadni, Mohamed Al-Rasheed, Yassin Hamid, Mazen Muhammadin, and Wali Al-Din Khader.
Sudan and Nigeria are competing in the group stage, within the teams of Group D, which includes Egypt and Guinea Bissau, who meet at 9 pm today also for the same round.
For his part, Austin Iguafuin, coach of the Nigerian national team, said that the victory over Egypt was not easy, during his speech at the press conference yesterday before his country’s match against Sudan in the second round of the group stage from Africa Cup of Nations.
Austin Iguafuin added in his statements before the match, “The victory over Egypt was not easy, and we look forward to continuing our victories and qualifying for the next round by defeating Sudan in the second round of the group stage.”
The Sudan coach continued, “I am focused on winning against Sudan at the moment. I do not want to think about any record or how we will start our third match. Sudan is in the focus of attention now and we have to deal with that directly.”
He continued, “I am happy with our performance against Egypt, especially the way the boys played the match and the way we dealt with it in the way we agreed was the best, everything works, but we shifted our focus completely to the next match, which is another day, another team, a different approach.”
The Sudan coach concluded his speech by saying, “I am happy with the players we have and the way they are ready to give everything they have.”