If there is something Falcons of Jediane would want to see come to pass, it is a repeat of November 28, 1963 clash with the Eagles of Nigeria.
On that occasion 59 years ago, the Sudanese enjoyed a goal feast against Eagles in a Nations Cup clash running away with a 4-0 victory at the Kumasi Stadium in Ghana.
But alas, a lot of water has passed under the bridge since then and they have since been paid back in their own coin. In another Nations cup clash in 1993 the Eagles took their revenge with same margin in Lagos under Coach Clemence Westerhof.
On that occasion late Rashidi Yekini opened scoring with a penalty, a brace from Emmanuel Amunike and a goal from Friday Ekpo nailed Sudan.
Nigeria and Sudan have met 14 times with the Eagles 8 time winners losing twice and pulling draw four times. The last time both teams met was at the African Nations Championship Semi-final in Marrakech with Eagles emerging lone goal victors.
But today is here and the stage is different. The odds favour Eagles who posted an impressive run in the opener against Egypt with three points in the kitty .
Sudan on their other hand pulled a draw against Guinea Bissau and still in search of first victory in Cameroon. Falcons of Jediane however have one thing going for them fighting spirit which they are likely to bring to bear in today’s match.
Fans who spoke with Sportinglife.ng ahead of today’s clash tip Eagles to triumph but are quick to add that the Austin Eguavoen tutored side most play as though they didn’t win the first match to earn a good win today and head into round of 16 with a game to spare. Can they achieve that?
That query will be answered in a matter hours from now.