Nigeria break record, defeat Egypt 1-0 in AFCON opener

January 11, 2022
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At the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations in Garoua, Cameroon, Nigeria’s Super Eagles defeated Egypt’s Pharaohs 1-0 on Tuesday.

The Super Eagles dominated the game from start to finish.

Nigeria broke Egypt’s unbeaten streak in their past 16 group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations with today’s victory.

Egypt’s latest group-stage setback dates back to 2004, when they were beaten 2-1 by Algeria.

Kelechi Iheanacho scored the game’s sole goal in the 30th minute off a Taiwo Awoniyi assist.

At the Africa Cup of Nations, this is the eighth time Nigeria and Egypt have met on this stage.

Nigeria has four wins to Egypt’s two, but their last meeting before today’s game in 2010 was won by the Pharaohs (3-1 in the group phase).

The Nigerians are participating in the Africa Cup of Nations for the 19th time. It has won the AFCON three times and made it to the semi-finals on 14 of those occasions.

Egypt is making its 25th participation at the Africa Cup of Nations, a record in the tournament’s history.

They have won it seven times, more than any other team has ever accomplished.

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