AFCON Qualifier: Nigeria Falls to Sudan

by on October 11, 2014

Defending African champions Nigeria fell to a shock 1-0 defeat away to Sudan, to slump to the bottom of Group A in African Cup of Nations qualifying.

A goal from Bakri Almadina just before half-time gave Sudan a famous victory in Khartoum.

The Super Eagles desperately needed a win to kick-start their campaign, after suffering a shock home defeat by Congo Brazzaville and an away draw with South Africa in their opening Group A matches.

Coach Stephen Keshi, who is working without a contract, suffered a blow before a ball had even been kicked when Victor Moses was forced to withdraw because of a thigh injury.

The result means that South Africa , who overcame Congo 2-0 in Atlantic city Pointe-Noire, go top of the standings, ending Congo’s 100% record.

Bafana Bafana struck a quick double early in the second half, Bongani Ndulula and Tokelo Rantie scoring a goal each in the space of two minutes, to clinch victory.

Algeria beat Malawi 2-0 in their 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier on Saturday to be on the verge of booking their place at the final in Morocco.

The Desert Foxes have a 100% winning record in Group B after three matches and victory at home to Malawi in Wednesday’s return fixture will clinch their qualification.

Algeria, who are the top-ranked side in Africa, took the lead in Blantyre after only nine minutes when Rafik Halliche (pictured at top) headed in from a corner.

Twenty minutes later, Feghouli Sofiane thought he had doubled the advantage but his effort was ruled out for offside.

Saturday’s qualifiers

  • Malawi 0-2 Algeria
  • Uganda 0-1 Togo
  • Ethiopia 0-2 Mali
  • Mozambique 2-0 Cape Verde
  • S Leone 0-0 Cameroon
  • Congo 0-2 South Africa
  • DR Congo 1-2 Ivory Coast
  • Niger 0-0 Zambia
  • Sudan 1-0 Nigeria
  • Gabon 2-0 B Faso
  • Guinea v Ghana (2100)

Source: BBC Sports

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