Sudan vs Nigeria: Dream Team suffer 1-0 defeat in tough Olympics 2020 qualifier
Sept. 05, 2019
- Sudan vs Nigeria Olympic qualifier saw the Dream team suffer 1-0 defeat in Omdurman
- Walaa El Din handed the victory with a 45th minute strike in the game
- Odey, Awoniyi and Muyiwa all failed to impress after wasting glorious chances in the game
Nigeria U23 national team suffered a 1-0 defeat to Sudan in the first leg of their third round clash of the 2020 Olympics qualifiers at the Al-Merrikh Stadium.
Walaa El Din scored the only goal that gave the home team the victory after benefiting from a defensive error in the 45th minute.
The Sudanese team however take a one goal advantage to the second leg billed for Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba next week.
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Former MFM FC striker Stephen Odey, Blessing Muyiwa and Taiwo Awoniyi all had chances to put Nigeria ahead earlier in the game but they all faltered in front of goal.
The Genk forward wasted two clear cut chances in the 17th and 48th minutes, as their chances to qualify for the U23 Africa Cup of Nations championship are still very bright.
It would be recalled that they thrashed Libya 4-0 at the same venue having lost the reverse fixture 2-0 in the first leg in Tunisia.
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Nigeria won the second edition of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations hosted by Senegal in December 2015, beating Algeria in the final, and both teams then represented Africa at the Rio 2016 Olympics, where the Olympic Eagles won the bronze medals.
The third edition of the U23 Africa Cup of Nations will be staged by Egypt 8th – 22nd November this year.
Samuel Chukwueze was superb for his club last season in all competitions and also played well for Nigeria at the 2019 AFCON in Egypt.
Although Paris-Saint-Germain and Real Madrid are also said to be tracking Samuel Chukwueze, but according to Goal, Liverpool are watching the Nigerian closely.
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