The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in their first Group D match at the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday in Garoua, Cameroon.
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.
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.
Egypt, of course, will still be confident of progressing through to the next round but it is Nigeria and their depleted frontline who made an early statement.
Meanwhile, The Speaker of the House of Representatives, Femi Gbajabiamila, has congratulated the Super Eagles for their victory over the Pharaohs of Egypt during their first Group D match at the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Cameroon.
Gbajabiamilain a statement, says he was elated that the Super Eagles put up a superlative performance to defeat the Pharaohs of Egypt, who are considered one of the favourites of the tournament.
The Speaker, who is the leader of the Federal Government’s delegation to cheer up the Super Eagles, noted with delight the team spirit among the Eagles players.
He urged the Super Eagles to maintain the same spirit and tempo throughout the tournament so that they would come back home with the trophy.
Gbajabiamila also lauded the technical crew of the Super Eagles for doing a good job.
Writing by Ibrahim Shehu; Editing by Abdullahi Lamino