Africa Cup of Nations: Iheanacho’s brilliant strike stunned the Egyptians

Nigeria beat Egypt in their first match at the AFCON to take them to the top of the table in Group D

Foxes forward Kelechi Iheanacho’s brilliant strike helped Nigeria win. Nigeria put a troubled build-up to the AFC in Cameroon behind them on Tuesday to beat disappointing Egypt 1-0 in Garoua. Kelechi scored after 30 minutes to take Nigeria to the peak of the table after the first match in Group D.

The Super Eagles fired German manager Gernot Rohr in December after an underwhelming World Cup Qualifiers performance and put former national star Augustine Eguavo in temporary charge.


The team was without the strikers Emmanuel Dennis, Odion Ighalo, and Victor Osimhen for a couple of different reasons but the team performed well against The Pharaohs.

The Liverpool Star Salah barely touched the ball and that only 1 chance in the entire match to score a goal. An evasive first half by the Super Eagles came into action on 26 min when winger Moses Simon got behind the Egypt backline and fired a shot into the side netting from a difficult angle.

Moses played a crucial role when Nigeria took the lead just after 4 mins at 30,000-capacity Stade Roumde Adjia in the northwestern city of Garoua. His cross was only partly cleared by Heagazy and Aribo from Nigeria assisted the ball to his fellow teammate Iheanacho who hammered a half-volley past Egypt’s goalkeeper Elshenawy.

Egypt could have easily conceded a second goal just after trailing behind when Elshenawy got his hands to an Awoniyi header and the ball came back into play after hitting the underside of the crossbar.

Nigeria was the better side and Won the game due to a spectacular goal by Kelechi Iheanacho and stun The Egyptian’s.