The Super Eagles of Nigeria are set to commence their campaign at the 33rd edition of the Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Coach Augustine Eguavoen’s men have their work well cut out as they will start their campaign against the most successful team in AFCON history, the Pharaohs of Egypt.
While the Pharaohs already boast of seven titles to their name, the Eagles are just eyeing a fourth AFCON title in Cameroon
Despite the Eagles lacklustre preparations that culminated in some high profile withdrawals, the Nigeria national team is still expected to match the North Africans squarely.
As stated by CAF, only three other fixtures are more popular than Nigeria vs Egypt fixtures; a clear indication that these two know themselves well enough.
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The venue is the 30,000-capacity Stade Roumdé Adjia in the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua and the kick-off is 5 p.m.
Nigeria’s starting lineup: Maduka Okoye; Ola Aina, William Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo, Zaidu Sanusi; Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Aribo, Kelechi Iheanacho; Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi, Moses Simon
Egypt: Mohamed Al-Shennawi – Akram Tawfik, Ahmed Hegazi, Mahmoud ‘El-Wensh’ Hamdy, Ahmed Fatouh – Mohamed Elneny, Hamdi Fathy, Omar Marmoush, Mahmoud ‘Trezeguet’ Hassan, Mohamed Salah – Mostafa Mohamed.
The two teams are on the pitch and the national anthems have now been rendered with the Super Eagles first taking their turn
Kickoff in Garoua… Egypt get the game underway
Super Eagles with the first throw in
Awoniyi charges the Egypt defence
The Pharaohs survive that early scare
The first five minutes appears evenly balanced so far
Moses Simon with a good run on the left hand side
Injury blow for Egypt as they are forced to pull out Akram Tawfik for Mohamed Abdel Monem
The Super Eagles are bossing the game for now as they seek an opening for the first goal
Okoye makes dash out for a save as Egypt attempts a counter attack
Ola Aina with a long throw into the Egypt half still goalless after the first 20 minutes
The balls appears not to be top notch
Three balls already changed thrice
Chance… Moses Simon with good chance but he side nets the ball
GOALLLL!! Iheanacho with a sumptuous strike
Aribo with the assist for Nigeria’s first goal
Appeal for handball inside the Egypt box waved off
Egypt pressing for a quick equaliser
Nigeria 1-0 Egpyt
Eguavoen is the only Nigerian coach to win all group games at the AFCON… He appears to be starting well again in Cameroon
Ihenacho with a good pass but Awoniyi was on unable to latch on to the pass for ‘Seniorman Kelz’
Ndidi tries a long-range shot but it is way off the target
Iheanacho all over the place for Super Eagles in what is his first AFCON game ever. He delivers a good pass to Awoniyi but the tame effort by the Union Berlin man is well taken care off.
Three minutes added time
Good defensive cover by Captain Troost-Ekong
Half Time: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt
Second half underway in Garoua
Lively start by the Eagles as they win a corner kick
Aribo gets his head to the corner kick but it is off the target
Eagles come close but Awoniyi’s effort was saved off the line
Ola Aina with a poor clearance but the anxious moments temporarily over for Eagles
Another good run by the Super Eagles but still 1-0
A great chance for Iheanacho to make it 2-0 but his first touch was just too heavy
Zizo is on a sub for Trezeguet for Egypt.
We have reached the hour-mark… Super Eagles holding on to their slim 1-0 lead
Ola Aina tries a shot but it is over the bar
Nigeria’s harvest of 15 podium appearances in 18 participations in the Africa Cup of Nations is the highest tally in Africa’s flagship football championship.. They are having a good start so far
Free kick for Nigeria
Iheanacho goes for goal after a good first touch but he fires wide
Eguavoen getting set to tweak his team as Egypt are threatening gradually
Salah comes close as he beats the offside track
Double change for Super Eagles as Sadiq Umar and Chideria Ejuke comes in for Awoniyi and Chukwueze
Corner kick for Nigeria
Kenneth Omeruo gets a knock but back on his feet
Omeruo being strecthed out
Semi Ajayi and Nwakali in for Omeruo and Iheanacho
Ndidi on the turf and has been ordered out for treatment
Corner kick for Egypt..
Hegazi with an effort for Egypt but it drops over the net
85 Minutes: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt
Sadiq Umar stopped by the Egypt defender as he tries to make a run
Cameo appearance for Iwobi as he comes in for Moses Simon
Four minutes added time
Counter attacking move by Ejuke but he selfishly goes for goal but gets a corner kick
FULL TIME: Nigeria 1-0 Egypt
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