Nigeria pip Sudan 1-0, Set up Mouthwatering Final Against Morocco

Nigeria pip Sudan 1-0, Set up Mouthwatering Final Against Morocco

Nigeria progressed to the final of the African Nations Championship thanks to Gabriel Okechukwu’s 16th minute goal and the brilliance of substitute goalie, Dele Ajiboye in the 1-0 win against Sudan.

Nigeria lost first choice goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa to an injury after just 12 minutes in the first half.

Four minutes later Gabriel latched on a flick on by Anthony Okpotu to run through on goal and fired the Eagles ahead for a first half lead.

Unfortunately for Salisu Yusuf’s they would play most of the second half with a man down after midfielder, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off for a second booking.

For 32 minutes Nigeria’s 10-men managed to keep the Sudan attackers at bay – but Sudan also had a man sent off.

On 87 minutes the numerical advantage for the Falcons of Jediane was struck off after defender Bakri Bashir was shown a straight red for tripping a goal-bound Dayo Ojo.

Ajiboye made 13 saves to keep hold of Nigeria’s lead in the match including a last gasp ti over save in the dying minutes of additional time towards the end of the game.

Nigeria next face Morocco – the host nation – on February 4, both making their first ever appearances in final.

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