By Victor Okoye
Nigeria’s house based mostly Super Eagles have certified for the finals of the African Nations Championship(CHAN), their first ever, after edging Sudan 1-Zero within the semi-final performed in Marrakech.
The Nigerians will on Sunday meet hosts Morocco, who earlier spanked Libya Three-1.
Gabriel Okechukwu scored Nigeria’s profitable objective within the 16th minute.
As early because the 12th minute, the Super Eagles had been dealt an enormous blow when goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa sustained an damage, forcing him to get replaced by Oladele Ajiboye.
Three minutes later, Sudan had an excellent alternative to seize the lead within the 15th minute, however Ajiboye was fast to learn the hazard.
However, it was Nigeria who discovered the again of the web a minute later when Gabriel beat Elhadi Akram from shut vary with a low shot.
In the 25th minute, Gabriel got here near bagging his brace when his left-footed shot sailed inches broad of Akram’s left nook.
Despite good strikes and dominance by the Falcons of Jediane within the dying levels, it was 1-Zero at halftime for Salisu Yusuf’s males.
Nigeria appeared threatening within the second half, however Ifeanyi Ifeanyi was proven the purple within the 58th minute after a harmful deal with.
Coach Zdravko Logarusic’s males would benefit from the state of affairs and Osman Ismaeil noticed his highly effective shot going broad, with Ajiboye turning into a spectator.
With three minutes to go, Sudan had been additionally decreased to 10 males when Bakri Bachir acquired a straight purple for bringing down Solomon Ojo.
Nigeria’s Ajiboye saved his staff within the recreation after producing two sensible saves within the 90th minute to make sure they’re by way of to the ultimate.
The defeat for the Sudanese means they may meet the Mediterranean Knights of Libya within the third-place play off on Saturday
In the primary semi-final match in Casablanca, hosts Morocco had been impressed by Ayoub El Kaabi, who scored two targets to take his event tally to eight general.