CHAN: Buhari happy as Super Eagles defeat Sudan 1-0, meet Morocco in final


Super Eagles, on Wednesday, beat Sudan 1-0 at Marrakech, Morocco to advance to their first-ever final match appearance at the African Nations Championship (CHAN).
Minutes after the victory, President Muhammadu Buhari congratulated the home-based Super Eagles.
An early goal by Okechukwu Gabriel helped the Eagles secure a spot in the final.
The President’s congratulatory message is contained in a statement by his Special Adviser on Media and Publicity, Mr Femi Adesina, in Abuja on Wednesday night.
According to the statement, Buhari joined millions of football loving Nigerians in celebrating the spectacular performance of the team which qualified them for the final on Sunday with the Atlas Lions of Morocco.
“Having keenly followed the team’s progress throughout the tournament with delight, the President commended their “hardwork, dedication, discipline and indomitable spirit, which are truly worthy of emulation’’.
The president urged the players and the coaching crew to remain focused and determined as “they go for Gold in the final match on Sunday.
He assured them of the unflinching support, goodwill and prayers of the Federal Government and all Nigerians as they soar to victory.
The Nigerians will on Sunday meet hosts Morocco, who earlier spanked Libya 3-1.
As early as the 12th minute, the Super Eagles were dealt a huge blow when goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa sustained an injury, forcing him to be replaced by Dele Ajiboye.
Three minutes later, Sudan had a glorious opportunity to grab the lead, but Ajiboye was quick to read the danger and put it under check.
However, it was Nigeria who found the back of the net a minute later when Gabriel beat Elhadi Akram from close range with a low shot.
In the 25th minute, Gabriel came close to bagging his brace when his left-footed shot sailed inches wide of Akram’s left corner.
In spite of good moves and dominance by the Falcons of Jediane in the dying stages of the half, it was 1-0 at halftime for Salisu Yusuf’s men.
Nigeria looked threatening in the second half, but they were soon slowed down when Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was sent off in the 58th minute after a dangerous tackle.
Coach Zdravko Logarusic’s men would take advantage of the situation to dictate the pace, and Osman Ismaeil saw his powerful shot going wide, with Ajiboye a spectator.
With three minutes to go, Sudan were also reduced to 10 men when Bakri Bachir received a red card for bringing down Solomon Ojo.
Ajiboye, however, kept the Nigerian team in the lead after producing two brilliant saves in the 90th minute to ensure they are through to the final.
The defeat for the Sudanese means they will meet the Mediterranean Knights of Libya in the third-place play-off on Saturday.


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