Even despite the perceived lack of firepower in the Nigeria squad prior to the tournament, the Super Eagles launched their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with relative ease following a dominant win over Egypt.
Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half goal, a superbly struck half-volley, was enough to see Nigeria through the Group D opener in what a disappointing outing for Egypt.
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Moses Simon, Joe Aribo and Iheanacho caused their opposition all manner of problems and should really have added to the scoreline. The Leicester star in particular could well have had a hat-trick had his touch not deserted him.
Still, as impressive as Nigeria were, Egypt saw their forwards flounder.
To blame Mohamed Salah that entirely would be unfair given the lack of service he was offered but the Liverpool star failed to have much impact at all.
Nigeria vs Egypt Highlights
Nigeria XI: Okoye, Aina, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Sanusi, Iheanacho, Ndidi, Aribo, Chukwueze, Awoniyi, Simon
Subs: Ajayi, Musa, Onyeka, Onyekuru, Ejuke, Akpeyi, Iwobi, Ebuehi, Uzoho, Umar, Nwakali, Ndah.
Egypt XI: El Shenawy, Hamdi Fathi, Hamdy, Hegazi, Fatouh, Elneny, Mohamed, Tawfik, Salah, Trezeguet, Marmoush
Subs: Abdelmonem, Kamal, Ashour, Sherif, Sobhi, Ashraf, Lasheen, El Said, Alaa, Zizo, Sobhy, Gad.
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