NIGERIA’S Super Eagles on Saturday at the El-Merreikh Stadium, Khartoum, lost 0-1 to Jediane Falcons of Sudan in a 2015 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifier.
It was Sudan’s first victory over Nigeria since 1967 while the match hero in Saturday’s game was Bakri Al Madina of Al-Hilal, whose stunning header in the 41st minute caught goalkeeper Vincent Enyeama helpless.
Nigeria had in the previous group A qualifiers lost 2-3 at home to Republic of the Congo while the Stephen Keshi-piloted side drew 0-0 with Bafana Bafana of South Africa in Cape Town.
The reigning African champions were a pitiable sight to behold in Saturday’s match as they lacked cohesion in the better part of the game as well as marksmanship.
Nosa Igiebor wasted what could have been the curtain raiser in the 11th minute when his grounder was stopped by the upright, while Emmanuel Emenike had only the Sudanese goalkeeper to beat in the 18th minute on a one-on-one situation but fluffed the golden chance.
The Eagles, on resumption for the last half, did not fare better as they failed to utilise a number of scoring chances that came their way.
The introduction of Aaron Samuel, Sunday Emmanuel and Raheem Lawal in place of Nosa Igiebor, Gbolahan Salami and Efe Ambrose respectively failed to add bite to the Eagles’ attack, as the Sudanese largely made up of home-based players held on to the lead.
The victory however, put Sudan on three points on the table which is being dominated by South Africa following its 2-0 away win over Republic of the Congo, also on Saturday to amass seven points.
The Red Devils of the Congo follow with six points while the Eagles are last on the log with one point.
The Super Eagles will host Jediane Falcons on Wednesday in the fourth game of the AFCON qualifiers billed for the National Stadium, Abuja.
Meanwhile, in the African Women’s Championship which kicked off in Nambbia on Saturday, the Super Falcons of Nigeria defeated their counterparts from Ivory Coast 4-2.