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Super Eagles say ready to fight for Sudanese challenge

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• Moses Simon set for another thrilling evening
All the elements are in favor of Nigeria. The Super Eagles bought out the residents of Garoua, Cameroon on Tuesday with a masterclass against the previously feared Egypt that the new neutrals couldn’t help but applaud Austin Eguavoen and his wards as they broke the record for African Cup of Nations winners 1-0.

The win also attracted more Nigerians to Garoua, a town less than four hours from Yola by speedboat. And so, if the matches were won by the number of supporters in a stadium, the Super Eagles already have an advantage over their Maghreb opponents.

But football is a fun game that sometimes defies the most calculated logic and analysis. He has shown over time that only the best prepared in any given game have the chance to win the game.

When it comes to today’s match, which starts at 5:00 p.m. Nigerian time, the Super Eagles will be bolstered by the fact that they have won five of their last six encounters with Sudan. And based on their recent performances, the Nigerians are set to extend their dominance in Garoua before facing Guinea Bissau in their final group match.

Nigeria’s 1-0 loss to Egypt puts them top of Group D with three points, while Sudan’s Jediane Falcons have one point from a goalless draw against Guinea-Bissau.

A win today will guarantee the Super Eagles advance to the Round of 16, just as a draw or win for the Sudanese will put them in good stead for a round ticket.

The gloom that initially shrouded the Super Eagles camp after the enforced absence of six of their top stars, including Leon Balogun, Emmanuel Dennis, Victor Osimhen, Paul Onuachu, Odion Ighalo and Oghenekaro Etebo, has given way to optimism. . The current senior players have taken over, so the Eagles are now installed as one of the favorites for the title.

But even in his optimism, coach Eguavoen is cautious and has told his boys they need to focus on one game at a time.

Speaking at the team’s press conference yesterday, Eguavoen said: “I’m happy with the players and their ability to perform at their best on the pitch. I’m focused on winning against Sudan right now. I can’t think of anything else or how we’re going to start our third game.

“We are completely focused on our game against Sudan. Beating Egypt wasn’t easy, and we’re looking forward to continuing our wins and qualifying for the next round.

Moses Simon, who was Nigeria’s top star in the game against Egypt, is happy to take on the task of providing ammunition for his left flank attackers.

Acknowledging the responsibility Eguavoen has given him, Simon said: “My way of playing has changed and now the coach is giving me more attacking freedom. We hope to get a good result against Sudan to secure qualification.

“Our goal is to get the win, which is important for us. We won’t allow Sudan to spoil our fun.

While Nigeria are looking forward to a successful exit today, Sudan also have their own ambition, which is to qualify for the next round of the competition. To do that, they must avoid defeat today.

In fact, Sudan coach Burhan Tiya believes his side have a 50-50 chance of beating the Super Eagles.

Tia, who took over the team from Frenchman Hubert Velud, who was sacked early last month, said that although her team is young, they are hungry and have a huge desire to perform, especially in “this big match” against the Super Eagles.

“We play with a great team with top stars, but we will play with a balance between defense and attack. The absence of Mohamed Abdel Rahman is impressive, but we have a number of young players waiting for an opportunity to appear,” Tiya said.

Team captain Mohammed Yasin also believes they will shock Nigeria tonight.

“We have a young squad but our aim is to shock the Super Eagles despite Nigeria marching with a squad loaded with big stars,” he said.

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