Sudan play barren drawn with Guinea Bisau. GBS lost penalty in 79th minute.
The much hyped Pharaohs of Egypt on Tuesday bowed to the Super Eagles of Nigeria at the Rounde Adjia Stadium, Garoua Cameroon in the AFCON 21 Group D first match as Leicester ace Attacker, Kelechi Ihenacho strike in the 30th minute humbled the former champions 1-0.
Nigeria dominated in every department causing mighty Mohammed Salah to be a “passenger” throughout the game for the entire Eagles players disconnected, cut him off and made him look ordinary.
Nigeria which had made 16 appearances, 14 of which had been at the semi-final stages at least had won the trophy thrice; claimed three silver medals and eight bronze medals to emerge the most decorated team at the tournament though the Egyptians have won the trophy seven times.
Taiwo Awoniyi who won his 2nd cap in the senior team combined beautifully with Ihenacho in the first half as Simon Moses cut through the Egyptian defence as hot knife cuts through butter from the left flanks but poor marksmanship especially from Ihenacho who missed two unpardonable direct chances in the first half.
Egypt was quick to make all the five changes according to the new laws and Nigeria also made four changes.
Ihenacho who was man of the match said the Super Eagles had trained for the match and are glad they won. Eagles interim coach, Augustine Eguavoen emphatically said their plan was to cut off Salah pointing out they will approach every match as if it was final because there is no more minnows in football anymore.
Sudan and Guinea Bissau continued their soccer hostilities in Cameroon on Tuesday night ending with a barren draw in the other match of group D.
Guinea Bissau’s Pele wearing the great number 10 shirt played one of the worst penalty kick ever in the 79th minute which could have been a decider for the match.
Both teams were foes in the African Group I World Cup qualifier. Guinea Bissau held Sudan to a barren draw at home in the first leg but thrashed Sudan in Khartoum 4-2 in the 2nd leg.
It was a woeful night of football as both teams play a drab match.
Group D Table:
Team P GD Pts
1. Nigeria 1 1 3
2. Guinea B. 1 0 1
3. Sudan 1 0 1
4. Egypt 1 -1 0
Nigeria will play Sudan in the next match while Egypt will play Guinea Bissau.
On Wednesday, Tunisia will tackle Mali at 1400hours; Mauritania will face Gambia at 1700 hours all in group F while Equatorial Guinea will play Ivory Coast at 2000 hours in the outstanding match of Group E.