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Sudan prepared to make things difficult for Super Eagles

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Sudan will be Nigeria’s next target when the teams meet for a Group D clash at the Africa Cup of Nations on the evening of Saturday 15 January 2022, kick-off at 18:00 CAT.

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Sudan opened their tournament with a goalless stalemate against Guinea-Bissau, though they needed goalkeeper Ali Abu-Eshrein to save a late penalty in order to secure a share of the spoils.

It’s not the ideal preparation for a clash with a heavyweight such as Nigeria (with a game against Egypt to follow), but the Falcons of Jediane, led by coach Burhan Tia, are nonetheless hopeful of ruffling a few feathers at the AFCON.

“There is nothing impossible in football. The group might be strong, but with good preparations and concentration we will be able to make it to the knockout stage,” Tia explained.

Nigeria, meanwhile, got their campaign up and running in the perfect manner, defeating seven-time champions Egypt 1-0 on Tuesday, with Kelechi Iheanacho’s superbly-taken goal the difference between the teams.

The Super Eagles fully deserved the victory over the Pharaohs, having been the more cohesive and aggressive unit through the 90 minutes, while also quelling the threat of Mohamed Salah.

“Pulling up a win against Egypt was a surprise to many people but that was not a surprise to us,” said Nigeria interim coach Augustine Eguavoen, who will hope for a second straight win to secure early qualification for the round of 16.

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In head-to-head stats, Nigeria and Sudan have met in 14 matches across all competitions since their first clash back in 1963. The Super Eagles have claimed eight wins compared to two for the Falcons of Jediane, while four games have been drawn.

The teams last met in a 2018 African Nations Championship (CHAN) semifinal in Morocco in 2018 which Nigeria won 1-0 thanks to a goal from Gabriel Okechukwu.

The other Group D match in this round sees Guinea-Bissau take on Egypt later on Saturday evening, also at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

 

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AFCON: Burkina Faso subdues Gabon on penalties to book q-finals ticket

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Burkina Faso beat 10-man Gabon on penalties to reach the quarter-finals at the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon following a 1-1 draw.

Ismahila Ouedraogo netted to give the Stallions a 7-6 win in the shoot-out.

Gabon had Sidney Obissa sent off midway through the second half but grabbed an injury-time equaliser when Bruno Ecuele Manga’s header went in off Adama Guira.

Burkina Faso captain Bertrand Traore had missed a penalty before slotting in the opener in the 28th minute.

The Stallions will face either Nigeria or Tunisia, who meet on Sunday even, in the quarter-finals on Saturday, 29 January.

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A mammoth shoot-out had seen Herve Koffi save from Gabon midfielder Guelor Kanga and Saidou Simpore immediately send his his effort over the bar in the fourth round of penalties.

Abdoul Tapsoba had the chance to win it for Burkina Faso in sudden death after Yannis N’Gakoutou-Yapende had blazed over, but Jean-Noel Amonome denied him.

But substitute Ouedraogo kept his nerve after Gabon right-back Lloyd Palun rattled the crossbar.

It was at times a scrappy encounter in Limbe, marked by several bookings, but also a game which provided moments of quality and drama.

Burkina Faso had spurned several chances to make it 2-0 before the 90 minutes were up in Limbe, but Amonome saved well from Traore, Blati Toure and Guira.

And the Stallions ultimately paid in the 91st minute when Ecuele Manga’s header from Denis Bouanga’s cross deflected in for a dramatic equaliser.

Abdoul Tapsoba had an extra-time goal ruled out for offside against Zakaria Sanogo, and Gabon keeper Amonome saved from Tapsoba and Ouedraogo in the second added period to send the game to penalties.

 

 

 

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AFCON: Ex-Man Utd skipper backs Nigeria against Tunisia

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Former Manchester United and Three Lions talismanic defender, Rio Ferdinand, has shown support for the Super Eagles of Nigeria ahead of their round of 16 clash against Tunisia.

Nigeria lock horns with the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia as they look to secure their spot in the quarter-finals of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.

The Super Eagles have the upper hand, especially in recent times, beating them at the 2019 AFCON to secure bronze in the third-place match.

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The Tunisians are also short staffed, as twelve of their players, including their star man Wahbi Khazri.

Ahead of the game tonight, the former Manchester United’s record signing and England legend took to Twitter to show support for the three-time AFCON Champions.

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EPL: Dele Alli axed by Tottenham boss Conte

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Dele Alli has been axed from Tottenham’s squad to play at Chelsea today as speculation mounts over a transfer to Newcastle.

The out-of-form England international has only featured in six of Antonio Conte’s 15 games in charge.

And he will not be adding to that tally today after the Italian left the 25-year-old at home for the Premier League trip to Stamford Bridge.

Now it seems that Spurs are looking to offload Alli before the January transfer window closes as rumours over a switch to big-spending Newcastle mount.

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Atletico Madrid – but they want even more additions to help their survival bid.

We reported yesterday that talks between the two clubs over a deal for Alli had allegedly begun.

And those appear to have been confirmed with Alli’s absence from the travelling Spurs squad today.

Conte is looking to raise funds for an overhaul at Spurs and seems willing to sacrifice Alli for that.

The ace burst onto the scene with his displays as a teenager at MK Dons and earned himself a move to the North London side in 2015.

The step-up failed to phase him as he quickly became one of Spurs’ most-dangerous weapons and was soon rewarded with an England cap.

He continued to flourish under Mauricio Pochettino but his form dipped dramatically under successors Jose Mourinho, Nuno Espirito Santo and now Conte.

And even though his record of 51 goals in 181 appearances is still impressive, it seems Spurs are ready to sell him on and bring in new blood.

 

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