Sudan 1 Nigeria 0: Pressure mounts on Keshi after another defeat

11 October 2014 22:18

Nigeria were beaten 1-0 by Sudan in their latest Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Khartoum, piling further pressure on Stephen Keshi.

Bakri Abdelgadir’s 41st-minute header was enough to secure a famous victory for Mohamed Abdallah’s men on Saturday.

Reigning African champions Nigeria remain winless in Group A and this latest setback will surely prompt further questions over the future of Keshi, who originally stepped down after a poor World Cup, only to then remain in his position.

A poor performance from Keshi’s men came after Nigeria had been unable to train at Khartoum International Stadium on Friday due to a waterlogged pitch.

The visitors did make a strong start to the match and twice threatened inside the opening 10 minutes.

Fenerbahce striker Emmanuel Emenike, who has been involved in a public spat with Keshi recently, went close soon after Nosa Igiebor had struck the woodwork.

However, Nigeria could not make their early dominance count and Sudan soon grew into the game before taking the lead with their first goal of the qualifying campaign.

Abdelgadir was the man to make the breakthrough with a thunderous header, which was to prove decisive.

Nigeria were simply unable to find a response, although John Obi Mikel did see a goal disallowed late on.

Sudan leapfrog Nigeria in Group A as a result of their triumph, with the two sides set to meet again on Wednesday.