Super Eagles will play Madagascar today at the Alexandria Stadium in Egypt today in their last group match. Super Eagles will be hoping to break record if they manage to keep a clean sheet against the Barea of Madagascar.
The Super had earlier beaten the Swallows of Burundi and the Syli Nationale of Guinea 1:0 each in the same stadium which saw them qualify for the round of 16 of the tournament. If the Eagles can keep a clean sheet today, it will be the first time the Eagles will be doing it since their maiden appearance in the tournament in 1963.
The closest the Eagles have come to a clean sheet in the group phase was 13 years ago – also in Egypt – when they defeated Ghana and Zimbabwe 1-0 and 2-0 respectively but conceded one goal in a 2-1 defeat of Senegal in their third match in Port Said.
Madagascar’s 2-2 draw with Guinea in their first match and 1-0 win over Burundi on Thursday mean they now have a place in the Round of 16, but they will be hoping to score against the Eagles, having not done so in four previous ties versus the Nigerians.
Vice President, Nigeria Football Federation, Seyi Akinwunmi, told thenff.com, “We have six points and are already in the Round of 16. But the team want a clean record in this group stage to go ahead with and get used to. There will definitely be bigger hurdles later on in the tournament so there is the need to get used to winning and maintaining clean sheets.”
Super eagles will be delight to break this record.