Johannesburg — The Super Eagles slipped deep into trouble in qualifying for the African Cup of Nations with a 1-0 loss in Sudan to stay winless halfway through the competition.
Bakri Almadina's goal just before halftime in Khartoum left Nigeria bottom of Group A with a point from three games and out of the qualifying places for next year's continental championship.
The dates for the African Cup — which is scheduled to run Jan. 17-Feb. 8 — are in doubt after host Morocco asked for the tournament to be postponed because of the Ebola outbreak in West Africa. Organizers the Confederation of African Football will meet with Moroccan authorities next month over the request.
South Africa leads Group A after a 2-0 win in Congo. Cameroon and Ivory Coast are also on course to qualify.