Mohamed Salah’s Egypt are BEATEN in their AFCON opener by Nigeria, with Kelechi Iheanacho blasting home fine winner to give Super Eagles flying start as two of the favourites go head-to-head in group stage
Kelechi Iheanacho’s stunning first-half goal earned Nigeria a well-deserved 1-0 victory over Mohamed Salah’s Egypt to kick off Group D in the Africa Cup of Nations.
After a slow start to the game, the Leicester forward slammed home a shot from inside the area in the first-half from Joe Aribo’s headed knock-down, as the Super Eagles recorded the sixth 1-0 victory in the first eight matches of this tournament.
It was a disappointing night for Liverpool winger Salah, who barely got in the game in Garoua – but the 29-year-old did have a golden chance to level when he went through one-on-one after half-time, but saw his effort saved.
Kelechi Iheanacho (right) scored a first-half winner for Nigeria, who beat Egypt 1-0 to start their Africa Cup of Nations campaign
The Leicester forward slammed home a shot from inside the box from Joe Aribo’s knock down
But Nigeria were worthy winners and should easily have doubled their lead when former Liverpool striker Taiwo Awoniyi struck the crossbar early in the second-half, while Iheanacho wasted more chances to add to his tally.
More to follow.
Sportsmail’s SAM BLITZ was on the blog for live Africa Cup of Nations coverage of Nigeria vs Egypt