AFCON: Nigerian Super Eagles humble Egyptian Pharaohs 1-0

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By Valentine Amanze

The Super Eagles of Nigeria on Tuesday January 11, 2022, defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in the ongoing 2021 African Nations Cup (AFCON) in Garoua, Cameroon.

Leicester attacker, Kelechi Iheanacho, scored the only goal in the 30th minute of the highly trilling match with an assist from the Scotland-based Joe Aribo.

The Super Eagles mesmerized the Pharaohs with amazing but aggressive wing play, which kept the Egyptian talisman, Mohammed Salah, offbalance in the the Group D game.

With Moses Simon and Samuel Chukwueze in the flanks, the speed of Super Eagles was too much for the Egyptian defenders to control, as they flew past the Pharaohs with ease.

The goal margin would have been more if not for the wasted opportunities in front of goalpost and good timing by the Egyptian goalkeeper.

As the game moved to the end of the first half, Kelechi Iheanacho (41) again benefited from a superb opportunity to dilate the marker, but would fail the target. Moses took advantage of the final moments of the first leg to make a long pass into the great area, but with no one to follow up on the finish.

More was expected from Mohamed Salah, who, in addition to being on the side of the game, was heavily guarded by Nigeria’s defensive line. And it was with the advantage on the scoreboard that Nigeria went at half-time.

With the victory, Nigeria now tops Group D with three points, while Guinea Bisau and Sudan, who played goaless game second and their, respectively.

Egypt trail behind with no point after the first match.

Also, the Nigeria’s victory shattered Egypt’s 16 games unbeaten record at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Before now, Egypt’s last defeat in the group phase dates back to the 2004 tournament when they lost 2-1 against Algeria.

 

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