RELIVE: Egypt v Nigeria (African Cup of Nations)

Ahram Online , Tuesday 11 Jan 2022

Ahram Online is providing a live coverage for Tuesday’s match between Nigeria and Egypt in the first round of the African Cup of Nations group stage

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Egypt s forward Mohamed Salah (R) fights for the ball with Nigeria s defender Kenneth Omeruo during the Group D Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) 2021 football match between Nigeria and Egypt at Stade Roumde Adjia in Garoua on January 11, 2022. AFP

Full time: Egypt 0-1 Nigeria

Scorers: Kelechi Iheanacho 30

Lineups

Egypt: Mohamed Al-Shennawi - Akram Tawfik (Mohamed Abdel Moneim 10'), Ahmed Hegazi, Mahmoud 'El-Wensh' Hamdy (Mohamed Sherif 89'), Ahmed Fatouh (Ayman Ashraf 46') - Mohamed Elneny, Hamdi Fathy, Omar Marmoush, Mahmoud 'Trezeguet' Hassan (Ahmed "Zizo" Sayed 58'), Mohamed Salah - Mostafa Mohamed (Ramadan Sobhi 58').

Nigeria: Maduka Okoye - Joe Aribo, Ola Aina, Zaidu Sanusi, William Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo (Semi Ajayi 78'), Wilfred Ndidi, Moses Simon (Alex Iwobi 89') - Samuel Chukwueze (Chidera Ejuke 72'), Taiwo Awoniyi (Umar Sadiq 72'), Kelechi Iheanacho (Kelechi Nwakali 80').

90+4 Referee blows the final whistle

90+2' EL Shennawi make another save to deny Ejuke.

90' Salah tried to open an angle but he is disposessed by a defender.

89' Queiroz go all out attack as he brings striker Mohamed Sherif replacing central back Mahmoud El Wensh.

86' The Pharaohs are dominating possession but can't break through Nigeria's compact defense now.

80' Egypt claim a penalty after a foul on Zizo in the area but the referee waves play on.

77' El Shennawi denies Ejuke from close range.

75' The Pharaohs look better in the second half and are yet to grab the equaliser.

70' WHAT A CHANCE FOR EGYPT! Zizo set up Salah behind the defence but his shot is blocked by the keeper. Egypt's biggest chance so far.

68' Ramadan races on the left flank and crosses to Salah in the box but the ball is intercepted

65' Iheanacho has another attempt on goal but it goes wide.

58' Queiroz make a double substittution. Ahmed Zizo and Ramadan Sobhi replace Trezeguet and Mostafa Mohamed

50' Nigeria are pushing Egypt back on defence.

46' Second sub for Egypt as Ayman Ashraf replaces Ahmed Fatouh.

46' Second half is underway

45' Half time

42' Moses finds Iheanacho into space but his shot goes into the hands of the keeper.

39' Ndidi has an attempt on goal but it goes next to the post.

36' Egypt are trying to organise themselves but can’t still create any threat

30' GOAL FOR NIGERIA ! Iheanacho picked a rebound and scores from inside the box.

26' Simon breaks into the area and shoots from the left side but it hits the side netting.

20' Game is interupted again to change the ball.

15' Marmoush latches onto a long pass but the he is surrounded by players and returns to midfield.

10' Akram Tawfik has been stretched out with a knee injury. Mohamed Abdel Moneim replaces him at the right back.

6' A first attempt by Mohamed but it goes easily in the hands of the keeper.

4' Egypt are controlling possession in the early minutes.

Match is underway

17:45 Players have ended their warm up and ready now to start the game.

17:25 Trezeguet, who has just recovered from a lenghty injury, is set to make his first appearance under Queiroz.

16:15 “We are not favourite candidates to win the title of the Africa Cup, but we will do our best to return home with the trophy,” Salah said in the pre-Nigeria press conference on Monday.

15:45 "Our path is not easy but we will fight to return home with the trophy. Stand by us," Liverpool star Mohamed Salah, who shoulders Egypt's hopes of winning their first Nations Cup title since 2010, said in a Twitter message to fans.

15:15 Egypt are also aware of the importance of grabbing an opening win as they aim to atone for an embarrassing campaign on home soil in 2019, which saw them bow out at the last 16 after losing to South Africa.

14:30 "First game is very crucial to any team, it will give you a lot of encouragement, going into the tournament proper. I will say a little bit but I'm more relaxed now than two weeks or a week ago," Eguavoen was quoted as saying by Nigerian media.

14:15 That leaves Nigeria's interim coach Augustine Eguavoen, who took over following the sacking of German Gernot Rohr, without much-needed firepower against Egypt.

13:45 English Premier League side Watford and Saudi Arabia's Al-Shabab refused to release Dennis and Ighalo respectively, claiming that Nigeria had missed a deadline to call them up.

13:00 Nigeria, however, are missing several key players. Napoli striker Victor Osimhen is still nursing a facial injury and he had also tested positive for COVID-19, while Emmanuel Dennis and Odion Ighalo were also ruled out of the tournament.

12:30 The Pharaohs will also be missing in-form midfielder Amr El Sulaya who hasn't fully recovered from a calf injury.

11:35 The Egyptian Football Association (EFA) revealed in a statement earlier on Tuesday that both Abo Gabal and his coach El-Hadary tested negative for the coronavirus and have already left for Cameroon to join the team in the African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

11:30 Egypt avoided the kind of COVID-19 outbreaks that hit several other top guns, with understudy goalkeeper Mohamed Abo Gabal being the only absentee after contracting the highly-contagious virus.

11:45 Whoever come out on top will be a frontrunner to advance to the last 16 as the group leaders, with easier tests against minnows Guinea-Bissau and Sudan to follow.

11:00 An early intriguing match pits Group D favourites Egypt and Nigeria against each other in their opening game of the African Cup of Nations in the Cameroonian city of Garoua on Tuesday.

Referee: Bakary Gassama

Venue: Stade Omnisport Roumdé Adjia (Garoua)

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