Sudan stun Nigeria

2014-10-11 22:10

Sudan stunned Africa Cup of Nations title-holders Nigeria 1-0 in a 2015 qualifier while Algeria, Ivory Coast and South Africa achieved impressive away victories.

Algeria overcame Malawi 2-0, Bafana Bafana triumphed by the same score in Congo Brazzaville and Ivory Coast won 2-1 in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Sierra Leone exceeded expectations to hold Cameroon 0-0 in Yaounde after surrendering home advantage because of the Ebola epidemic and Togo upset Uganda 1-0 in Kampala.

The qualifiers took place amid a demand from 2015 hosts Morocco that the January 17-February 8 tournament be postponed over the Ebola crisis.

But the African Football Confederation (CAF) insisted today that the three-week championship will go ahead as scheduled.

More than 4 000 people had died from the virus this year, according to the World Health Organisation, with virtually all the victims living in west African countries Guinea, Liberia and Sierra Leone.

A Bakry Almadina header on 41 minutes in Khartoum gave Sudan a first Group A win and Nigeria slumped to bottom place with a solitary point halfway through the qualifiers.

Chelsea midfielder John Obi Mikel netted three minutes from time but was clearly offside and he pulled another shot wide as the Super Eagles mounted a late offensive.

Sudan are 34 places below Nigeria in the African rankings and started the match as rank outsiders after being well beaten by Bafana and Congo Brazzaville last month.

Nigeria drop to the bottom of the group behind Sudan, while South Africa climbed to the summit of the standings.

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