Mo Sallah Fails to Save Egypt From Nigeria’s One Goal Win
Not even Liverpool’s deadly striker Mohammed Sallah was enough to stop Nigeria from claiming its first match win on Tuesday as the Super Eagles went a away with a lone goal.
It was the first day of the Pharaohs and the Eagles on the pitch as the African Cup of Nations opened on Sunday.
Iheanacho had put Nigeria on the lead in a match that Acting coach Augustine Eguarvon said was played as if it was the final.
Eguarvon said no match would be taken with levity adding that the team would see how far that decision takes it.
Liverpool superstar Salah was entirely locked down, with little to show for his 90-minute effort as Nigeria smothered the Egyptian playmaker. Kelechi Iheanacho's early goal proved the difference as Nigeria fended off a late Pharoahs push to claim all three points.
Both teams are expected to progress from Group D despite today's result, but Nigeria's victory sets the Super Eagles up nicely for a better Round of 16 matchup and a deep run deep in the tournament, while Egypt will feel added pressure in its other group stage matches against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.
Super eagles next match will be against Sudan on January 15, 2022.