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.
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.Jiji.ng the cheapest online shopping in Nigeria.
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