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JUST IN: Super Eagles edges out Egypt 1-0 during AFCON opening encounter

By Monsurudeen Olowoopejo

The Nigerian National football team, Super Eagles, has defeated the Pharaoh of Egypt by 1-0 during their first African Cup of Nations (AFCON) encounter through a goal scored by Kelechi Iheanacho.

During the game played at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua on Tuesday, the Nigerian team overpowered their opponent and extended their dominance over the North Africans.


The Nigerian Coach, Austin Eguavoen, opted for Iheanacho and Union Berlin of Germany’s forward, Taiwo Awoniyi, to lead Nigeria’s frontline owing to the absence of Napoli of Italy’s striker, Victor Osimhen, Watford’s Emmanuel Dennis, and the highest goalscorer at the last tournament, Odion Ighalo, who was held back by his Saudi Arabian club, Al Shabab.

The three-time African champions did not take long to settle in the game with Moses Simon and Joe Aribo pulling the strings for the attack. The Super Eagles posed their first threat in the 26th minute after Aribo slotted a through ball to Simon but the Nantes winger could not hit the target with his right-footed strike.

Five minutes later, Nigeria fired the ball into the penalty area and Aribo nodded the ball to Iheanacho who made a sharp turn and found the back of the net with his shot. The Super Eagles had another chance to double their lead in the 42nd minute, but Iheanacho fired his effort straight at goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy.

Egypt ended the first 45 minutes without breaking the Super Eagles’ defense even with Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah, as they struggled to test Maduka Okoye.

Eguavoen’s men started the second half on the same commanding note by winning two corner-kicks within three minutes of the game.

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