AFCON

Iheanacho’s superb goal nails Egypt as Eagles start AFCON with a win

Super Eagles began their quest for a fourth Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) title with a 1-0 victory over the Pharaohs of Egypt courtesy a Kelechi Iheanacho goal.

The match which was played inside the 30,000 capacity Stade Roumdé Adjia in the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua saw the Augustine Eguavoen led side in a 4-4-2 formation with Kelechi Iheanacho and Taiwo Awoniyi the duo upfront while Liverpool’s Mohamed Salah led the line for the Pharaohs.

Nigerian dominated most of the encounter with Moses Simon the tormentor in-chief from the left flank and it was no surprise that the only goal of the encounter came from that spot as his cross was deflected into the path of Rangers midfielder, Joe Aribo and he masterfully chested into the path of Iheanacho who made no mistake with a perfect half volley into the roof of the net.

The Super Eagles went into the break with that lead and continued to impose themselves in the second half. The three-time AFCON Champions missed loads of chances to killed the game and almost paid for it as Mohamed Salah went through on goal but failed to connect his shot as Maduka Okoye blocked his effort.

Nigeria held on to win 1-0 and went top of Group D in the 24-team tournament. Guinea-Bissau and Sudan takes to the pitch later tonight.

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