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Super Eagles Out Of AFCON Race After Defeat To Egypt

By James Agberebi:

The Super Eagles have crashed out of the race, while Egypt are on the brink of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations after defeating Nigeria 1-0 in Alexandria on Tuesday.

The result means the Super Eagles have missed out on their second straight AFCON.

The only goal of the game was scored by Ramadan Sobhy in the second half.

Only two big wins for Tanzania at home to Egypt and away to Nigeria would stop Egypt from attending their first AFCON since 2010.
Egypt came close to opening the score in the fifth minute but the header struck the post and went away for a goal kick.

In the seventh minute Egypt skipper El Said had a chance after a bringing down a cross but his left-foot shot missed the target.

Aminu Umar had Nigeria’s first chance in the eighth minute following a right-wing cross from Abdullahi Shehu only to shoot straight at the keeper.

Odion Ighalo had a chance in the 15th minute after controlling a long pass from Shehu but blasted wide.

In the 29th minute, a left-wing cross by El Said went across the Eagles 18-yard without any Egyptian player connecting with the ball.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi was called to action in the 40th minute, parrying a straight shot away for a corner.

A minute later, he made a brilliant diving save off a header.

Prior to the start of the second half, the Eagles made their first change with Elderson Echiejile replacing Stanley Amuzie.

Mohamed Elneny almost scored the first goal in the 47th minute after a poor clearance from the Nigerian defence but he fired over the bar.

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Elneny had sight on goal in the 51st minute after fine holdup play by Salah but shot straight at Akpeyi.

On 53rd minute, Shehu made a timely clearance after the Egyptians broke on the left.

El Said had clear sight of goal in the 60th minute but his shot was held firmly by Akpeyi.

Ikechukwu Azubuike was introduced for Etebo who went off injured.

Egypt finally opened the scoring in the 65th minute through Ramadan Sobhy whose shot took a slight deflection off Shehu.

In the 72nd minute, Egypt came close to double the lead but Echiejile made a block.

The Eagles made their third change in the 73rd minute with Alex Iwobi replacing Aminu.

El Said took a left shot in the 15th minute but it went over the bar.

Ighalo came close in the 79th minute but his shot was blocked away for a corner.

In the 83rd minute Moses saw his left foot shot hit the post and went away for a goal kick.

Ighalo came close to equalising in the 86th minute off an assist from Iwobi but his strike went wide.

The Eagles have now failed to qualify for the AFCON for the second consecutive time.

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6 Comments

  1. OK WE ARE OUT UNTIL 2019. NO WAHALA. NFF WILL CONCENTRATE ON THE JUNIOR TEAMS BUT IF THEY ARE WISE AND LOVE THE COUNTRY THEY SHOULD APPOINT SIASIA AND AMUNEKE AS THE COACHES AND SEND THEM FOR INTENSIVE REFRESHER COURSES AND INTERNSHIP WITH SOME MAJOR FRIENDLY EUROPEAN CLUBS LIKE BARCA, REAL MADRID AND CHELSEA OR ARSENAL. THEY SHOULD NOT SHOW THEIR WICKEDNESS BY GOING FOR SOME ALWAYS USELESS FOREIGN COACH. WE ALL SUPPORTED THE EAGLES AND THEY DID THEIR BEST NO MATTER WHAT ANYONE WILL SAY BUT IT ALL STARTED FROM THE ROTTEN NFF WHO ARE CORRUPT.

  2. Plz, pinick or wat His name call. Should resign he bring this problem and will never go scot free.

  3. Reply Post By saint palmers

    It was  STEPHEN KESHI`s Fault again lol…Useless NFF backed by Deluded FANS.

  4. Nigeria is out of d race..so d players and coach shld stop boasting on d newspapers..NFF is responsible for our failure..now Oliseh is vindicated..NFF is our football problems in nigeria..if i were ministers of sport i wil desolve all NFF members including dt mouth talking president..their biggest mistake was plan to sack Steven Keshi..after dt wht is happening now..?

  5. Reply Post By Captain

    @djeniko, you have made the point I believe so much in. But the current NFF board is never our problem, but our coaches. Our football under age teams have done so well under the same nff board, so why not the same with our eagles? Super Eagles need a coach that understands and have experience in African football. I praise NFF for bringing Samson when Sundey stepped down. Our Eagles showed enough character in both matches against Egypt, they were just unlucky. I will raise my voice again as i did in 2012 ”Pls NFF board and president, dont sack coach Samson Siasia, he is the way forward for our super eagles. Russia 2018 qualifiers is around the corner. If we allow Samson to take charge of the team from beginning to end of the qualifiers, not these types of rescue mission he was given against Egypt and also in 2012, he will surely take us to Russia 2018 and do us proud”.

  6. Reply Post By Ernest

    Ahmed musa was not in this game,iwobi should have come in much earlier ,the coach was totally overwhelmed with the game expectations ,nice play though except for some faulted game decision by the coach   

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