Nigeria go into tonight’s African Cup of Nations Cup, AFCON qualifier with Sudan knowing that anything short of a win will mean an end to their defence of the AFCON trophy they won at the last edition in South Africa.
Coach Stephen Keshi, who has been under immense pressure after a spate of bad results, has pleaded for support for his team as they go all out in search of their first win in the final phase of the qualifying series for Morocco 2015.
The match day four clash certainly will be a must-win for Nigeria, while Sudan, basking in the 1-0 win in the reverse leg in Khartoum last Saturday, will come into the encounter buoyed with confidence to earn more points off the Super Eagles.
Nigeria, with a single point, sit bottom of Group A of the CAF/Orange 2015 qualifiers. A 1-0 loss to Sudan in the last game came on the back of a 3-2 home loss to Congo in Calabar and a goalless draw in Cape Town against South Africa.
Sudan, who were in last place prior to the game in Khartoum, have leapfrogged Nigeria and are third with three points going into the game. With three games left, both teams will be looking to earn the points on board considering Group A top dogs, South Africa and Congo are on 7 and 6 points respectively.
Nigeria and Sudan have met 14 times at full international level, the last being the 1-0 reversal in Khartoum. With seven wins, four draws and two losses, Nigeria have an edge over Sudan, but the Falcons of Jediane will look to close the gap.
Today’s AFCON Qualifying Fixtures
Nigeria vs Sudan 17:00
South Africa vs Congo 19:05
Mali vs Ethiopia 19:00
Algeria vs Malawi 20:30
Angola vs Lesotho 17:00
Burkina Faso vs Gabon 19:00
Ivory Coast vs DR Congo 18:00
Ghana vs Guinea 17:00
Zambia vs Niger 16:00
Cape Verde vs Mozambique 18:30
Egypt vs Botswana 18:00
Tunisia vs Senegal 20:15