AFCON 2017 Qualifier: Egypt edge Nigeria into murky waters

Ogbenekaro
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Salah equalised for Egypt
Salah equalised for Egypt

The Nigeria Super Eagles have landed themselves in dire straits as they lost a one goal lead to allow the Pharoahs of Egypt equalise at the nick of time in the first leg of the of the qualifiers between the two countries played in Kaduna, Nigeria, ahead of the 2017 African Cup of Nations.

Both sides went on the break in clean slates until Etebo Oghenekaro fired Nigeria’s lead on a rebound from Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot on the hour and Nigeria looked to double the lead when substitute Victor Moses ran in on Alex Iwobi’s pass to round the Egyptian goalkeeper, but his tap was cleared off the goal line by El-Shenawy.

The Super Eagles held the lead into regulation time but a misjudgment to keep the Egyptians offside landed Mohammed Salah a chance in front of goal and he curled the ball beyond keeper Carl Ikeme to draw level for Egypt.

With the result, the Pharoahs keep their grip of the single ticket from the group while Nigeria now condemned to defeat Egypt when they go away to Alexandria next weekend for the return leg.


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Born July 13, 1965, Fred Edoreh hails from Umeh, Isoko South, Delta State. He attended St. John Primary School, Iselegu, Mater Dei Collage Ashaka, St. Patrick’s Grammar School, Asaba for HSC and graduated in English and Literary Studies at Bendel State University, Ekpoma.
He went into journalism in 1990 with Newbreed Magazine and later crossed over to television production with Ultimate Sports and Soccerworld on the Nigeria Televsion Authority.
He subsequently moved to pioneer Internet publishing in Nigeria with Nigeriasports.com and was later employed at Silverbird Television from where he moved as Editor of Weekend Sports at Naational Mirror Newspapers.
He currently publishes the online sports website www.sportstalkafrica.com besides and also runs a sports marketing outfit, Westcoast Works and Projects, managing and marketing live radio broadcast of the Nigeria Professional Football League.

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