On Friday, the Super Eagles will host Egypt in a 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier in Kaduna. The reverse fixture comes up next Tuesday.
It is a crucial game for the Eagles as anything short of the three points may spell doom in their quest to qualify for the 2017 AFCON.
Ahead of the game, Completesportsnigeria.com’s JAMES AGBEREBI chronicles past encounters between the two countries…
NIGERIA 2-1 EGYPT (1960, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH)
Nigeria’s first ever meeting against Egypt was in an international friendly on January 1st, 1960, in Nigeria.
Egypt, who were then two-time Africa Cup of Nations winners (1957 and 1959), lost 2-1 to their hosts.
EGYPT 6-3 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE GHANA 1963 AFCON)
After missing out of the previous three editions of the Africa Cup of Nations, Nigeria finally debuted at the fourth edition in
1963 hosted by Ghana.
And their first ever game at the AFCON was against Egypt in group B. Sudan was the other team in Nigeria’s group.
Egypt trounced the Nigerian team 6-3 with Hassan El-Shazly scoring four goals, while Mohamed Morsi Hussein had a brace.
Sudan completed Nigeria’s miserable debut with a 4-0 thumping in their second group game.
NIGERIA 4-2 EGYPT (SEMI-FINAL, ALL AFRICA GAMES, LAGOS 1973)
At the 1973 All Africa Games held in Lagos, the Nigerian football team met Egypt in the semi-final after topping their group that also had Algeria and Tanzania.
Nigeria won the match 4-2 and advanced into the final where they beat Guinea 2-0 to claim the gold medal.
NIGERIA 3-2 EGYPT (FINAL ROUND, ETHIOPIA 1976 AFCON)
For the second time, Nigeria met Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations. This time, it was at the 1976 edition hosted in Ethiopia.
This time, Nigeria avenged their 1963 lost by winning 3-2, to finish third. Haruna Ilerika (two goals) and Mudashiru Lawal, were the scorers for Nigeria.
Morocco were crowned champions for the first time since taking part in the Africa Cup of Nations.
NIGERIA 4-0 EGYPT (1977, 1st leg, WORLD CUP QUALIFIER)
One of the closest times Nigeria ever came to qualifying for the FIFA World Cup was the 1978 World Cup in Argentina.
Unfortunately, Nigeria lost out to Tunisia, losing 1-0 no thanks to a Godwin Odiye own goal inside the National Stadium, Lagos.
Prior to meeting Tunisia in the final round of the qualifiers, Nigeria had met Egypt in the earlier round.
In the first leg meeting, Nigeria triumphed 4-0 with the goals coming from Segun Odegbami (two) skipper Christian Chukwu and John Nwadioha.
EGYPT 3-1 NIGERIA (1977, 2nd leg, WORLD CUP Qualifier)
With a 4-0 deficit to overturn, Egypt got a win against Nigeria in the reverse fixture of their World Cup qualifier.
But the damage had already been done in the first leg that despite winning 3-1, it wasn’t enough as Nigeria advanced into the final round 5-3 on aggregate.
NIGERIA 1-0 EGYPT (GROUP STAGE, NIGERIA 1980 AFCON)
Nigeria hosted the 1980 edition of the Africa Cup of Nations and had Tanzania, Egypt and Cote d’Ivoire in group A.
With a win and draw, Nigeria took on Egypt in their final group game and won 1-0 following a goal by Okey Isima in the 15th minute of the match.
The Nigerian team was to go on and win the Africa Cup of Nations for the first time, beating Algeria 3-0 in the final.
NIGERIA 1-1 EGYPT (1983, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH)
A friendly match between Nigeria and Egypt was arranged in 1983 in Nigeria.
But there was no victor, no vanquished as both teams settled for a 1-1 draw.
NIGERIA 8-7 EGYPT ON PENALTIES AFTER 2-2 DRAW (SEMI-FINAL, AFCON 1984)
In the semi-final of the 1984 Africa Cup of Nations in Cote d’Ivoire, Egypt raced to a 2-0 lead through goals from Imad Suleiman and Taher Abouzeid.
Nigeria came fighting back in the second half and leveled the score, thanks to strikes from Stephen Keshi and Ali Bala.
And in the penalty shootout, Nigeria triumphed 8-7 and advanced into the final where they lost 3-1 to Cameroon.
NIGERIA 0-0 EGYPT (GROUP STAGE, MAROC 1988 AFCON)
Nigeria made a return to the Africa Cup of Nations in 1988 after missing the 1986 edition in Egypt.
To advance into the semi-final in 1988, they had to negotiate a group that had Cameroon, Kenya and Egypt.
A 3-0 win against Kenya and a 1-1 draw against Cameroon, in their first two games, ensured that all that was needed against Egypt in their last group game was a draw. And that was what they eventually got, a 0-0 draw which sealed their passage into the last four.
NIGERIA 1-0 EGYPT (GROUP STAGE, ALGERIA 1990 AFCON)
A largely home-based Nigerian side featured at the 1990 Africa Cup of Nations and got bashed 5-1 against hosts Algeria in the opening game.
The Nigerians, under Clemens Westerhof, managed to pick themselves up and won 1-0 against Egypt in their second group game courtesy a Rashidi Yekini first half header.
The team went all the way to the final but lost again but this time a respectable scoreline, 1-0, to Algeria.
NIGERIA 0-0 EGYPT (GROUP STAGE, TUNISIA 1994 AFCON)
Nigeria won the Africa Cup of Nations for the second time when the competition was staged in Tunisia in 1994.
One of the teams Nigeria faced enroute to winning the Africa Cup of Nations was Egypt in the group stage.
With Nigeria and Egypt winning their opening games against Gabon 3-0 and 4-0 respectively, the game between both teams was to see who would top the group.
The game ended 0-0, with Egypt topping the group and Nigeria as runners-up.
NIGERIA 1-1 EGYPT (2003, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH)
Nigeria and Egypt’s paths did not cross again until 2003 inside the National Stadium in Lagos in an international friendly
Egypt took a 1-0 first half lead but Temple Moneke equalised for Nigeria with a long-range left-foot free-kick.
EGYPT 3-1 NIGERIA (GROUP STAGE, ANGOLA 2010 AFCON)
Gunning for their third straight Africa Cup of Nations win, Egypt were grouped with Nigeria alongside Mozambique and Benin Republic in the preliminary round.
Chinedu Obasi gave Nigeria the lead but Emad Moteab restored parity for Egypt before the end of the first half.
Two more goals in the second half from Ahmed Hassan and Mohamed ‘Gedo’ Nagy gave Egypt a 3-1 win.
EGYPT 3-2 NIGERIA (2012, INTERNATIONAL FRIENDLY MATCH)
Following the sacking of Samson Siasia in 2011, Stephen Keshi was saddled with the responsibility of rebuilding a new Nigerian senior national team.
To achieve this, a series of friendly games was arranged, and one of such games was against Egypt in Dubai.
Egypt won the game 3-2 thanks to a late goal from Ahmed Hassan Mekki.