AFCON 2021: Nigeria aiming for a round of 16 ticket against Sudan AFCON 2021


The Nigerian Super Eagles know they will have both legs strong in the round of 16 of the tournament if they collect all three points against Sudan in their second Group D match at the 33rd African Cup of Nations in Cameroon on Saturday night.

Egypt, contesting three precious points on Tuesday for possibly their fiercest opponents in the group, have increased the confidence and rebounding of the three-time champions, and training sessions on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday have sought to pick up the pace in instead of encouraging any form of complacency.

With the Jediane Halcones and Guinea Bissau Wild Dogs ending their tie goalless, the door is open for the Eagles to become the first qualifiers for the Group D Round of 16 as they take on the Sudanese, who will be looking for victory . to increase your chances of reaching that stage.

All 26 players (except for injured defender Chidozie Awaziem) were on duty Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, with head coach Augustine Eguavoen clearly telling the guys they haven’t won anything yet, but are on their way to big things. if they maintain the level. heads

He lives and the enthusiasm is indeed palpable. In the press conference prior to Friday’s game, Eguavoen maintained his characteristic calm demeanor and assured that his boys will come out to play in a positive way to win on Saturday, with discipline and concentration as a watchword for them within 90 minutes.

Eguavoen’s 51 caps for Nigeria did not include a breakaway with Sudan, but he did play against other North African countries and, as a coach, led the Super Eagles to their best result in that region when they defeated the Algerian Fennecs 5 – 2 in Oran, in a 2006 FIFA World Cup qualification match on September 8, 2005.

“We watched the game between Sudan and Guinea Bissau on Tuesday and what I can assure you is that we will not underestimate them. We are taking it one game at a time and we will approach this game differently than how we prepare against Egypt. We will do our best.”

Victory will not only ensure the Eagles a place in the round of 16, but will also bring them closer to the chance of topping the group and thus keeping the familiar surroundings of Garoua as their venue.

Winger Moses Simon, who was a thorn in the Egyptians’ flesh on Tuesday, told media representatives on Friday that he has never been happier on the Nigerian pitch in the last two years, being able to play in his preferred position. and with the given players. Say what formation they want to settle in on the ground.


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