Nigeria comfortably defeated Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations Group D opener thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal. In the 30th minute, the Leicester City striker scored with a beautiful half-volley on the spin.
Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy tipped a Taiwo Awoniyi header over the bar and twice denied Chidera Ejuke as Nigeria dominated throughout. After falling behind in Garoua, the Pharaohs responded with little.
Iheanacho soars for Super Eagles
With fellow Nigeria strikers Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, and Odion Ighalo all forced out of the group for Cameroon, Iheanacho’s performance up front would come as a welcome relief to Super Eagles supporters.
The Foxes midfielder was impressive in the first half, finding Awoniyi, who had a weak shot stopped just before the break.