The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Saturday afternoon booked their spot in the Round of 16 as they defeated the Falcons of Jediane (Sudan) 3-1.
Coach Eguavoen named an unchanged squad as the same set of players who got a 1-0 victory over Egypt were present in the starting XI.
Nigeria raced into the lead through Villarreal’s Samuel Chukwueze after Ola Aina’s throw-in into the box caused problems for the Sudanese defense.
Nigeria missed a flurry of chances including hitting the upright before Taiwo Awoniyi doubled the lead at the stroke of halftime after Willian Troost-Ekong’s flick-on hit his head on it’s way in.
Moses Simon added the third immediately after restart by dancing through the Sudanese opposition before feeding Awoniyi who returned the ball in quick succession to put the Nantes winger through with the keeper. Simon then put the ball past the keeper.
However, Walieldin Khedr Safour Daiyeen pulled one back for his side – Sudan’s maiden goal of the tournament and also his first at international level – from the penalty spot with 20 minutes left after VAR intervened following a foul by Ola Aina.
The goal would only prove to be a consolation as Nigeria held on for the win.
The Super Eagles have now joined hosts Cameroon and Morocco as in the Round of 16 as hopes are building that Team Nigeria can go for gold again.