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Nigeria in AFCON’22

Nigeria saw quite the success in the qualifiers for the Africa Cup of Nations. After facing a total of six different teams in the qualifiers, Nigeria did not lose a single fixture. The Super Eagles saw the players motivated and entered the group stages with the hopes of maintaining their ‘No Loss’ streak. This has been the case so far for the Nigeria team as the players secured their second consecutive win in the group stages. Nigeria has been playing impeccably with noticeable improvement in each game. It seems that the current interim manager Augustine Eguavoen sure knows how to keep his players motivated. This is great as the high morale increases the country’s chances to win AFCON for the 4th time in history and hand the team over to Jose Peseiro, as champions, ready for the world cup.

For now, it is possible to say that the fans, the management, and the captain are extremely happy with the performance of the entire team.

Early success against Sudan

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The game that took place on 15th January 2022 was the second match day for Group D of AFCON’22. The match received the best possible start as the winger for the team gave the team an early lead. With a goal in just 3 minutes, Chukwueze found the perfect opportunity to bury the ball at the back of the net. The early throw-in near the opposition’s goal allowed Moses Simon to perfectly assist Samuel Chukwueze. It was certain that Eshrein, the goalkeeper for Sudan, had no chance of reaching the ball. Perfect placement right at the start meant a certain lead for the Super Eagles.

Back to Back Goals

The entire first half saw the team entering each other’s half, trying and failing in any offense that either launched. However, talk about being at the right place at the right time. Taiwo Awoniyi scored one of the most unexpected goals of the entire tournament yet. After a curled ball into the box by Nigeria, an attempt to goal was deflected by the Sudanese defense and then deflected off Awoniyi into the goal. Fortunately for the Eagles, the 46th minute just before the halftime whistle resulted in the team doubling their lead.

It was not long as just within two minutes in the second half, Nigeria scored again. The third goal was scored by Moses Simon and celebrated with a double backflip. The Eagles were now 3 goals up, and it became clear that the chances of Sudan making a comeback were very slim.

Group D after Match Day 2

With no chances in visible sight for Sudan, the Nigerian defense made a slip which resulted in a foul. Not only did Ola Aina receive a yellow card, but Sudan also received a penalty kick. The Sudanese midfielder Wlieldin Khedr took complete advantage and scored the kick. The goal was nothing more than a little ointment for their loss of the final score, Nigeria 3 – 1 Sudan.

Group D found itself in a much similar position to the end of matchday 1, with Nigeria leading the group. The Super Eagles have 6 points in the group, which means that they have secured their place to qualify for the knockout stages.

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