Egypt’s star man Mohammed Salah stunned Samson Siasia’s men in Kaduna this evening after rallying late to
score an extra-time goal that leaves the Super Eagles’ chances of qualifying for next year’s African Cup of Nations event in jeopardy.
Samson Siasia, Nigeria’s caretaker coach for the qualifiers after Sunday Oliseh’s shock resignation started the match with Odion Ighalo , Ahmed Musa and Kelechi Iheanacho staring in a three- pronged attack for the host team. Obaobona started in the heart of the defence for the super
Eagles while new captain John Mikel Obi started alongside Etebo in the heart of midfield as Siasia wanted his team to come out with all three points at home ahead of a tricky
away tie in Egypt. Nigeria pressurized in the first half with efforts from Etebo, Odion Ighalo and Kelechi Iheanacho unable to break the
Egyptian defence down as the match ended 0-0 in the first half.
The second half began with Oghenekaro Etebo scoring in
the 59th minute after an Iheanacho shot caused a rebound
to which Etebo gladly put into the net.
Alex Iwobi was introduced with 8 minutes to go as he made
his first competitive debut for Nigeria and tried with his
teammates to increase Nigeria’s lead over Egypt
Nigeria had chances to increase their lead with efforts from
Etebo, Victor Moses and Ighalo unable to increase the lead.
With three minutes of extra time added, Mohammed Salah ,
Egypt’s star man scoring after the Nigerian defence played
him onside, much to the delight of the away team.
The pain and sadness on Samson Siasia’s face was too
evident to see as 20,000 Nigerian fans at the stadium in
Kaduna left unhappy after seeing the home team drop two
At the moment, Egypt are on top of group G with seven
points from two matches, while Nigeria are two points
behind with only the overall group winners guaranteed
automatic passage to AFCON 2017 in Gabon.