AFCON 2021

Salah humbled by Nigeria as Kelechi Iheanacho scores winner.

 Iheanacho nets winner as Nigeria beat Egypt at the Roumdé Adjia (Garoua) stadium in the group D opener of the Totalenergies AFCON2021 competition.

The game was the centre of attraction of the day as the Egyptian fans flew in Garoua with 3 chartered flights while fans of the Super eagles stunned Garoua with 9 chartered flights to play their role of the 12th man.

The Nigerians played almost at home and imposed themselves in the physical battles being present on all balls and keeping Egyptian and Liverpool’s star Mohamed Salah “in the bottle”. Salah, who in addition to being on the side of the game, was heavily guarded by Nigeria’s defensive line and out of the reach of Okoyé’s goalpost.

Despite a tactically well placed defense line with Mohamed El Shanawy in the goal post , the  super eagles got their breakthrough at the thirtieth (30th) minutes through Iheanacho who’s lone goal of the game sealed the 3 points for the day. Super Eagles, who top Group D with the victory, were dominant and impressive in the game.

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

Nigeria now equals Egypts the number of wins (3 wins for each side and 1 draw) in their head to head comparison.

The super eagles will face Sudan on January 15th at 5pm local time while Egypt will try to bounce back as they face Guinea-Bissau at 8pm local time on the same venue.

 

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