Egypt s Portuguese head coach Carlos Queiroz (R) stands at the touch line 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
“Our performance was very poor in the first half, we weren’t there,” the Portuguese tactician said after the game.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored the winner in the 30th minute and the Super Eagles wasted several opportunities to increase their lead.
Queiroz made several substitutions in the second half bringing in the likes of Ahmed “Zizo” Sayed, Ramadan Sobhi and Ayman Ashraf to up the game.
The Pharaohs had a golden chance to grab the equaliser when Mohamed Salah was clear on target but his poor attempt was blocked by the keeper.
“We started playing in the second half and had some chances. I think we didn’t deserve this defeat. We lost this game but we will improve. Now we have six points to grab in the next two games,” he concluded.
Egypt will play Guinea Bissau on Saturday 15 January and Sudan on Wednesday 19 January.
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