African champions , Super Eagles of Nigeria kept hopes of qualifying for the 2015 African Cup of Nations alive, on Wednesday, after defeating Sudan 3-1 at the National Stadium in Abuja. But the joy pf victory was short-lived a few hours later when the match between South Africa and Congo ended in a barren draw, thereby putting further pressure on the qualification bid of the Nigerian side.
Ahmed Musa, who promised Nigerians goals prior to the game, netted two goals in the 48 and 90th minutes while China-based striker, Aaron Samuel, also registered his name on the scoresheet.
The Sudanese lone goal was scored by Salah Ibrahim in the 56th minute. The African champions came into the match under pressure and bottom of Group A with 1 point from three matches. The Stephen Keshi tutored team drew South Africa and lost to both Congo and Sudan.
With the victory the Super Eagles are third behind table toppers South Africa (eight points) and Congo (seven points).
The joyous crowd that flooded the Abuja National Stadium on Wednesday reflected the collective sigh of a relief felt by a nation as the Super Eagles finally won their first game of the 2015 African Cup of Nations qualifiers.
The Eagles are now third in Group A with 4 points after Match Day 4. The Eagles’ next games are against Congo and South Africa on November 15 and 19 respectively.
Meanwhile, the match in Pretoria between South Africa and Congo ended in a nil nil draw. The result, according to the Findings of the Street Journal shortly after the match did not go down well with most Nigerians who had expected South Africa to beat Congo to pave way for Nigeria’s qualification. Nigeria, they argued must win all the remaining three matches including the away match against Congo in far away Kinshasa. Not only that, the ever prayerful Nigerians must pray and fast so that Congo may drop points along the line to brighten the Super Eagles’ chances of defending the cup the won last year.