Last night’s match between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Pharaohs of Egypt proved to be a walk in the park for the North Africans. Egypt beat, sorry Humbled Nigeria 3-1 to make it their first win over the West Africans in over 45 years!
The last time Egypt beat Nigeria in this competition was back in 1963 – that is way before most nations participating at this tournament had gotten their independence!
After a shaky start, Nigeria seemed to increase in confidence when Chinedu Obasi put them ahead when his thunderbolt of a shot flew past El Hadary in the 11th minute. From then on, the Super Eagles were oozing with confidence as they looked to capitalise on their shock lead.
A Vincent Enyeama mistake allowed Egypt to level in the 34th minute through their captain Emad Moteab. That was the goal that seemed to urge the Egyptians on . Both teams headed into the break content with the first half performance but Nigeria were the more deadlier of the two teams.
Both teams started the second half with purpose however, an Ahmed Hassan deflected shot of Taye Taiwo put Egypt ahead for the first time. Egypt’s third and final goal came from substitute Mohamed Geddo. His low lying shot rolled past Enyeama to put the game beyond Nigeria’s reach.
In the night’s other fixture, the Mambas of Mozambique held the squirrels of Benin to a 2-2 draw. Mozambique came from 2 goals down to draw with Benin and ensure that they earned a vital point. Nigeria are now last in Group C with two games left to play. Benguela was the port of attraction for these two matches and the locals definitely got all the entertainment that they craved from these two fixtures.
Today’s Group D fixtures see, Cameroon taking on Gabon while Zambia meet with Tunisia.
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