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21st May 2022

Nigeria Beat Egypt 1-0 In Their AFCON Opener

Nigeria Beat Egypt 1-0 In Their AFCON Opener
Nigeria Beat Egypt 1-0 In Their AFCON Opener

Super Eagles of Nigeria beat Egypt 1-0 in their AFCON opener, to take all three points to go top of Group D, with the game between Sudan and Guinea-Bissau still to come.

Super Eagles of Nigeria despite missing some of their star strikers, were still able to outplay and overpower the Egyptians who had Liverpool’s star man, Mohammed Salah to kickoff their AFCON campaign on a brighter note.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game, as Nigeria comfortably beat tournament favourite and seven-time champions Egypt.

The Leicester City striker opened the scoring in the 30th minute, burying a stunning half-volley on the turn.

Nigeria dominated throughout, with Egypt keeper Mohamed El Shenawy tipping a Taiwo Awoniyi header on to the bar and twice denying Chidera Ejuke.

The Pharaohs offered little in response after falling behind in Garoua, Cameroon.

Iheanacho’s performance upfront will be a welcome relief to Super Eagles supporters, with fellow Nigeria strikers Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis and Odion Ighalo all forced out of the squad for Cameroon.

The Foxes man impressed throughout the first half, feeding in Awoniyi who saw a tame effort saved shortly before the break.

Nigeria, three-time African champions, continued to push for a second after half-time with El Shenawy twice keeping out substitute Chidera Ejuke in the closing stages.

Ultimately though one goal was enough for the West Africans, lead by interim manager Augustin Eguavoen with new boss Jose Peseiro only observing from the stands.

The Super Eagles of Nigeria had sacked long-serving boss Gernot Rohr just four weeks before the tournament following an underwhelming World Cup qualification campaign.

Egypt were lacklustre for much of the proceedings, managing just one shot in the opening 70 minutes.

Liverpool star Mohamed Salah repeatedly found himself isolated up front as Nigeria dictated the match’s tempo.

The forward was played through by substitute Ahmed Sayed with 20 minutes remaining but his mishit shot was saved by the legs of Nigeria keeper Maduka Okoye.

Nigeria will face Sudan in Group D on Saturday (16:00 GMT), while Egypt take on Guinea-Bissau

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