Panic as Important Super Eagles Star Set to Miss The AFCON Clash Against Sudan

Panic as Important Super Eagles Star Set to Miss The AFCON Clash Against Sudan

Ibitoye Shittu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:54 PM
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  • Super Eagles of Nigeria are currently preparing for their next game at African Cup of Nations against Sudan
  • Agile defender Chidozie Awaziem who missed the first game against Egypt is expected to be out again in match-day two
  • Austin Eguavoen and his wards recorded a 1-0 win over Egypt and another victory against Sudan will give them ticket to knockout

Chidozie Awaziem who is a Nigerian defender is now expected to miss the Super Eagles African Cup of Nations clash against Sudan this coming Saturday due to slight knock he picked.

The knock also ruled him out of the Super Eagles' first game against Egypt at the ongoing tournament in which Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winner for Nigeria.

And in his absence in the Nigeria's starting XI, Zaidu was given the chance by Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen and he did not disappoint as he kept Mohamed Salah out of the tie.

Chidozie Awaziem
Chidozie Awaziem in action for the Super Eagles of Nigeria. Photo by Ryan Pierse
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According to the latest report on Soccernet and Guardian, the 25-year-old defender won't be facing Sudan in Super Eagles next game as Nigeria will aim to qualify for the knockout.

What did Sudan play in their first game?

Sudanese goalkeeper was the hero for his country as he saved a penalty which gave them a draw against Guinea-Bissau in their first game at the ongoing African Cup of Nations.

How many games has Awaziem played for Nigeria?

Chidozie Awaziem has been in the Super Eagles since 2017 and has featured in 26 games so far netting one goal.

European giants celebrate Super Eagles win over Egypt, light their stadium in colour of Nigerian flag

Earlier, Sports Brief had reported how Maduka Okoye was in goal for Nigeria on Tuesday night, January 11, as Kelechi Iheanacho's goal gave the Super Eagles a 1-0 win over Egypt in their first game at the ongoing AFCON in Cameroon.

Dutch side Rotterdam however took to their official social media page to celebrate their goalkeeper Maduka Okoye for keeping a cleansheet against the Pharaohs and also wished him well.

In celebrating the Super Eagles, Sparta Rotterdam decided to lit the Sparta Stadion Het Kasteel in the famous Green and white colours of Nigeria.

Maduka Okoye has been with Sparta Rotterdam since 2020 and recently the club sold him to Premier League side Watford, but he will be moving to England at the end of the season.

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