Nigeria/Egypt: Nigeria Catches Egypt and Smiles At Debut


Three time champions Nigeria opened their TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations Cameroon 2021 campaign with a spirited 1-0 victory over record champions Egypt on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles produced one of their best performances in recent months to see off the Pharaohs in Group D. Kelechi Iheanacho scored the all important goal on the half hour mark to give interim boss Augustine Eguavoen a winning start.

Billed as the match of the group the two sides presented their star players as they search for a winning start to the 33rd edition of the TotalEnergies Africa Cup of Nations.

The Super Eagles dominated possession limiting Egypt to just one shot in the opening hour while forcing goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy into several saves.

The Al Ahly keeper denied Chidera Ejuke twice before pushing Taiwo Awoniyi’s header against the frame of his goal as the 2013 champions push for the goal.

FC Nantes winger Simon Moses was one of Nigeria’s best players on the pitch with his speed and agility causing a lot of problems for the Egyptians.

Akram Elhagrasi suffered an early injury following his battle with the enterprising Moses forcing him off after 11 minutes.

Moses came close for the Super Eagles on 26 minutes when his run into the Pharos area saw his flash a shot at the side netting.

Kelechi Iheanacho broke the deadlock with a fierce half volley beyond El Shenawy on 30 minutes to give the Nigerians a deserved victory over the flat Pharos who struggled to create any meaningful opportunity.