The African champions face an uphill task if they are to reach the next Africa Cup of Nations in Morocco
Nigeria go to Khartoum knowing that a poor result could make an already tedious task of qualifying for the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations more difficult.
Having gotten just one point out of two matches with four left to play, the Super Eagles need victory against pointless Sudan.
Sudan lost both of their matches against South Africa and Congo last month. Bafana Bafana picked up all three points in once impregnable Omdurman, winning 3-0.
The Falcons of Jediane last played at the Afcon in 2012 where they reached the quarter finals, their best finish since they won the title in 1970.
Sudan’s football has not seen much glory since the 70s and doesn’t look like reaching those enviable heights any time soon as the Falcons have failed to score in this qualifying round with top striker Mudathir El Tahir not being in inspired form.
The shut out of coach Mohammed Abdallah’s side could continue with the return to goal of Nigeria’s Vincent Enyeama who has been the best keeper on the continent for the past two years.
Stephen Keshi’s hope for a renewed contract lies on the results of this game and the return leg in Abuja on Wednesday.
The 52-year-old would hope that his strikers can fire on all cylinders in the heat of Khartoum where the Eagles will play on an artificial pitch.
Defeat for Sudan will effectively rule them out of contention. If the Eagles lose in Khartoum, it would spell the end of an era for many players as well as in the coaching crew.