Nigeria vs Sudan: Chukwueze, Iheanacho start as Eguavoen retains 4-4-2 formation

Augustine Eguavoen

Super Eagles interim coach, Austiun Eguavoen, has kept faith with Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze for their second Group D game against Sudan despite his lethargic performance in their opening game against Egypt last Tuesday.

Chukwueze was largely anonymous in the team’s historic 1-0 win over the Pharaohs at the Roumde Adjia Stadium last Tuesday and was replaced in the 70th minute for Chidera Ejuke in the encounter.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the match winner for the Eagles in the 30th minute of the fixture.

Eguavoen also retained the quartet 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.

Union Berlin striker Taiwo Awoniyi will be flanked Chukwueze and Moses Simon who was outstanding in the Eagles opener against Egypt.

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The 36th-ranked Eagles’ will be aiming to record their ninth win against Sudan. Nigeria defeated 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.

Eagles starting lineup 4-4-2:
Okoye, Aina, Sanusi, Omeruo, Troost-Ekong (C), Ndidi, Aribo, Iheanacho, Chukwueze, Simon and Awoniyi
Kick-off is 5pm.

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