Nigeria defeated Sudan 3-1 in their AFCON 2021 campaign on Saturday at Garoua, Cameroon’s Stade Roumdé Adjia.
The result secures a berth for the Super Eagles in the Round of 16.
According to the Confederation of African Football, the Super Eagles won their first two matches in an Africa Cup of Nations in successive tournaments with the triumph.
Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and man of the match Simon Moses scored for the three time African before Walieldin Safour reduced the deficit with a second half penalty.
Nigeria entered the contest off the back of a convincing 1-0 victory over Egypt, while Sudan held Guinea Bissau to a scoreless draw.
Augustine Eguavoen’s charges made a strong start at Garoua’s Roumde Adjia Stadium. To break the deadlock, Samuel Chukwueze expertly delivered Simon Moses’ inch-perfect pass beyond the goalie.
Taiwo Awoniyi, a young attacker, extended the Super Eagles’ lead with an instinctive header on the stroke of half-time.
Nigeria clinched the victory shortly after the restart with an individual goal by Moses Simon, securing their participation in the knockout stages of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021, with one game remaining.
Sudan was awarded a penalty after a video assistant referee review on 67 minutes. Mustafa Mohammed was deemed to have been fouled in the area by Ola Aina.
Safour converted the next spot kick to make it 3-1.
Both sides continued to create chances but were unable to score, earning Nigeria first spot in the Group and a berth in the knockout stage.
Egypt will face Guinea Bissau in the second Group D match as they attempt to resurrect their dreams of moving.
Alex Iwobi came on in place of Samuel Chukwueze, who scored Nigeria’s opening goal, at the start of the second half.
Nigeria and Sudan will meet for the third time at the Africa Cup of Nations, but it will be their first meeting in 46 years.
Sudan won the first match 4-0 in the group stage of the 1963 tournament, while Nigeria won the second match 1-0 in 1976.
Nigeria has won ten of their previous twelve Africa Cup of Nations matches (L2), recording six clean sheets in the process.
Sudan have won just one of their last 14 Africa Cup of Nations games (D6 L7), dating all the way back to the 1972 edition.
Nigeria won their opening encounter (1-0 versus Egypt) at the Africa Cup of Nations for the second consecutive tournament, after losing their opening match in four of their previous five visits (W1 D1 L3).