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Nigeria 1 – 0 Egypt – Iheanacho Fires Dominant Super Eagles To Win The First AFCON Clash

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Nigeria 1 – 0 Egypt – Iheanacho Fires Dominant Super Eagles To Win The First AFCON Clash
Nigeria 1 – 0 Egypt – Iheanacho Fires Dominant Super Eagles To Win The First AFCON Clash

A first-half goal was sufficient for Austin Eguavoen’s facet to outpower their North African opponents at Roumde Adjia Stadium

Nigeria began their campaign on the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 win over Egypt on Tuesday.

Leicester City star Kelechi Iheanacho scored the one goal that separated the teams in Garoua because the 2019 bronze medallists prolonged their dominance over the North Africans.

Austin Eguavoen opted for Iheanacho and Union Berlin’s Taiwo Awoniyi to guide Nigeria’s frontline owing to the absence of Napoli’s Victor Osimhen, Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis and Al Shabab’s Odion Ighalo.

 

The three-time African champions didn’t take long to settle within the game with Moses Simon and Joe Aribo pulling the strings for the assault. The Super Eagles posed their first threat within the twenty sixth minute after Aribo slotted a through ball to Simon however the Nantes winger couldn’t hit the goal along with his right-footed strike.

5 minutes later, Nigeria fired the ball into the penalty space and Aribo nodded the ball to Iheanacho who made a pointy flip and located the back of the net along with his shot. The Super Eagles had another likelihood to double their lead within the 42nd minute, however Iheanacho fired his effort straight at goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

Egypt ended the first 45 minutes with out breaking the Super Eagles’ defence even with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, as they struggled to check Maduka Okoye.

Eguavoen’s men began the second half on the identical commanding notice by profitable two corner-kicks within three minutes.

Awoniyi got here near grabbing a second purpose along with his header off Ola Aina’s cross within the forty seventh minute however he was denied by the bar earlier than El Shenawy wrapped the ball in his arms. Salah discovered it troublesome to beat the defensive duo of William Troost-Ekong and Kenneth Omeruo with Aston Villa’s Mahmoud Trezeguet and Galatasaray’s Mostafa Mohamed changed for more attacking choices within the 58th minute.

Nigeria, then again, turned to fresh legs within the eightieth minute with Semi Ajayi and Kelechi Nwakali replacing Omeruo and Iheanacho respectively. It was Nwakali’s debut look for the Super Eagles, the identical for Almeria’s Sadiq Umar who got here on for Awoniyi within the 72nd minute.

The result ended Egypt’s 16-game unbeaten run in the group levels of the Africa Cup of Nations, with their final group defeat dating back to 2004 (a 2-1 loss to Algeria). In the meantime, Nigeria climbed to the highest of Group D table with three points and they’re going to hope to construct on the win once they face Sudan on Saturday.

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