Super Eagles coach Austin Eguavoen has named his side’s starting XI to tackle Egypt in Tuesday’s AFCON 2021 Group D tie in Cameroon.
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Nigeria’s African Cup of Nations (AFCON) campaign will begin today with a match against the Egyptian Pharaohs. In their Group D opener, the two African Powerhouses compete for a perfect start to the competition.
The rivalry between the two teams dates back to 1960, when Nigeria defeated Egypt 2-1 in their first ever friendly match. The Super Eagles of Nigeria will be aiming for their fourth title, while their opponents will be attempting to break the continent’s record of eight titles.
The Super Eagles, who will be competing in their 19th AFCON, made a smooth transition into the group stages after going undefeated in the qualifiers round.
The Bronze medalists from the 2019 edition will face The Egyptians, who will be competing for the 23rd time.
After their last title win in 2010, the Pharaohs failed to qualify for the three subsequent editions, losing 2-1 to Cameroon in the 2017 AFCON finals.
Nigeria vs Egypt Team News
The Super Eagles Coach Augustine Eguavoen named a star packed 28-man squad including players like Ahmed Musa, Kelechi Iheanacho, Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Zaidu Sanusi, WIlliam Troost-Ekong, Kenneth Omeruo.
The Nigerian side are also without their star player Victor Osimhen who is the nations top goal scorer after testing positive for the covid-19 virus and also many more players like Odion Ighalo, Emmanuel Dennis, with the likes of Peter Olayinka and Cyriel Dessers coming in as replacements for them.
The Pharaohs also came with a superb squad with the likes or Arsenals Mohhamed Elneny and Liverpool’s star player Mohammed Salah who is the leagues top goals scorer with 16 goals in 20 games so far which makes him a mark to watch out for.
The Egyptian Side will be without the likes of Mohamed Hamdi who sustained an injury on Friday, Ibrahim Adel who suffers from the covid-19 virus and Mohamed Abogabal who is of the same fate as the earlier mentioned.
Nigeria vs Egypt Possible Starting Lineups
The Nigerias side will be on the field with – Okoye, Sanusi, Troost-Ekong, Omeruo, Aina, Onyeka, Ndidi, Aribo, Chukwueze, Iwobi and Iheanacho.
The Egyptian side will be on the field with- El-Shennawy, Daoud, Hegazi, Fatouh, Ashraf, Fathi, El-Sulya, Elneny, Mohamed, Sherif, and Mohammed Salah.
Nigeria vs Egypt Predictions
Egypt and Nigerian are two of the most decorated African countries and experienced side which makes this a very nervous and nerve racking match to watch.
We cannot ignore the presence of Mohammed Salah, but Nigeria is heading into this game with a good packed squad who should be able to hold the Egyptian.
Ejes Gist Sport Predicts Nigeria vs Egypt
We Say Nigeria 2-1 Egypt.
Evening Standard Sport Predicts Nigeria vs Egypt.
Having Mohamed Salah in their ranks is obviously a huge boost for Egypt, but their supporting cast – which isn’t even close to what he’s used to at Liverpool – will need to step up on a consistent basis if he’s going to show his best form in Cameroon.
We’re betting on Egypt to make a statement with their first victory.
Egypt 2-0 Nigeria.
The kickoff time for Nigeria vs Egypt is 5:00 WAT ( Nigeria Time ) and 4 : 00GMT
Head to head (h2h) history and results
Nigeria wins: 8
Egypt wins: 5
AFCON Fixtures Today Tuesday January 11, 2021 Day 3 Match follows;
Tuesday January 11
- Algeria vs Sierra Leone – 2:00 pm WAT kick-off
- Nigeria vs Egypt – 5: 00pm WAT kick-off
- Sudan vs Guinea-Bissau 8: 00pm WAT kick-off
AFCON Results Yesterday ( Day Two )
- Senegal 1 : 0 Zimbabwe
- Guinea 1 : 0 Malawi
- Ghana 0 : 1 Morocco
- Comoros vs Gabon
Where to Watch AFCON 2021
On DStv, viewers can watch the matches on SS Football Plus (channel 202) which will be renamed SS AFCON. While GOtv will broadcast the matches on GO Football (channel 31).
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