The interim coach of Nigeria’s men’s football team, Austin Eguavoen, has retained the setup that gave the Super Eagles a memorable victory over Egypt in their first Group D game on January 12.
The Eagles starting lineup (with a 4-4-2 formation):
Okoye, Aina, Sanusi, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong (C), Ndidi, Aribo, Iheanacho, Chukwueze, Simon and Awoniyi.
Villareal winger Samuel Chukwueze, who was largely anonymous in the team’s historic 1-0 win over the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adjia Stadium last Tuesday, was replaced in the latter stages of the game for Chidera Ejuke. Ejuke made good of his opportunity, nearly wrapping up a good display with a solo goal late in the game.
It was speculated that Ejuke would earn a start following his performance, but Eguavoen kept faith with the industrious Chukwueze.
Kelechi Iheanacho, who scored the match-winner for the Eagles vs Egypt, also retains his spot alongside Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi. Playing to the left of the strikers is Moses Simon, who was arguably Nigeria’s best player on Tuesday.
Eguavoen also retained the backline of Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo and Zaidu Sanusi in defence while Maduka Okoye keeps his place in goal.
Joe Aribo and Wilfred Ndidi will continue their partnership in midfield with Iheanacho playing slightly ahead of the duo.
The 36th-ranked Eagles’ will be aiming to record their ninth win against Sudan. Nigeria defeated the Falcons of Jediane in eight of their previous 14 encounters (W8, D4, L2).
A win for Nigeria will secure a round of 16 place in the competition.
The kick-off time for Nigeria vs Sudan is 5 pm.