Nigeria’s Super Eagles beats Falcons of Sudan in a semi-final encounter in the ongoing 2018 CHAN on Wednesday night with a decisive goal by Gabriel Okechukwu in the first half.
Super Eagles will face the host nation, Morocco, in their chase for their first CHAN trophy.
The Eagles had Orji Okagbue back in the starting eleven but Emeka Atuloma, Sunday Faleye, and Emeka Ogbuh missed out while Sudan was unchanged from the team that beat Zambia last Sunday.
At the start of the game, Super Eagles took the game to its opponent but suffered a huge casualty in the sixth minute when Super Eagles defender, Stephen Eze, colluded with goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, to prevent an attack from a Falcon’s attacker.
Goalkeeper, Ikechukwu Ezenwa, got injured in the process and was stretchered off after initial treatment; he was replaced by Plateau United’s Dele Ajiboye.
Saifeldin Bakhit had an opportunity to put Sudan ahead on 15 minutes but missed a good goal scoring opportunity.
However, Sudan’s Falcon was punished by Gabriel Okechukwu as he latched on to a header from Tony Okpotu minutes later to roll the ball past the flailing hands of Sudan’s goalkeeper, Akram El Hadi Salim.
Gabriel Okechukwu has written his name in gold after scoring two vital goals to secure Nigeria’s win over Angola in the quarter-final and the winning goal against Sudan in the CHAN semi-final.
The game progressed tentatively with both teams having good opportunities to equalize or increasing the goal tally but they all shot wide mostly but with some good saves from the goalkeepers.
In the 58th minute, the game turned sour for the Super Eagles when Ifeanyi fetched got a second yellow card from a dangerous two-footed tackle, thus reducing the Super Eagles down to 10 men.
After this, it was back to the wall defending by the Eagles with Ajiboye making some great saves.
The Super Eagles had to withstand so much pressure till the final minutes of the football encounter with the Falcons of Sudan.