• FT

    Egypt

    3

    Nigeria

    1

  • FT

    Mozambique

    2

    Benin

    2

AFRICAN NATIONS CUP

Estadio do Benguela

Referee: Rajin Seechurn | Attendance: 18000

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Egypt

  • Emad Moteab 34'
  • Ahmed Hassan 54'
  • Gedo 87'

3 - 1

FT

Nigeria

  • Chinedu Obasi 12'

Pharaohs fight back

Egypt made a winning start to the defence of their African Nations Cup crown with an impressive fightback against Nigeria in Group C.

The holders went behind in the 12th minute when Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke scored

against the run of play.

Egypt equalised through Emad Moteab, however, before Ahmed Hassan's deflected

effort completed an impressive turnaround for Hassan Shehata's side. Substitute

Mohamed Gedo grabbed a late third.

Egypt forced the first opening five minutes in when Nigeria goalkeeper Vincent

Enyeama had to be alert to deflect Mohamed Zidan's right-footed shot over after

good work by captain Hassan.

The holders were stunned in the 12th minute, however, when Nigeria took the

lead in style.

Picking up the ball on the right, Obasi was allowed to cut inside and force his

way to the edge of the area.

With the Egyptian defenders backing off, Obasi rifled a left-footed shot beyond

a helpless Essam El Hadary to give his side the lead with their first real foray

forward.

Left-back Hany Said fired off target at the other end while Ayegbeni Yakubu

appealed in vain for a penalty after seeing a cross blocked by an unwitting

Egyptian arm. Seconds later Kala Uche blasted a loose ball over when he should

have done better.

Another first-time effort by Uche went wide at one end before Egypt raced to

the other and got their 35th-minute equaliser.

Breaking forward, Moteab - a virtual spectator until that point - caught Joseph

Yobo napping from Hassan's ball and stayed onside, evading the onrushing

goalkeeper Enyeama to calmly slot home the leveller.

Hassan then turned the game on its head by putting Egypt ahead in the 54th

minute. Zidan held the ball up expertly before laying it back to his captain,

whose powerful right-footed effort deflected off Taye Taiwo's backside and into

the net.

Scoring Summary

  • Egypt
  • Nigeria
Emad Moteab (34')
Ahmed Hassan (54')
Gedo (87')

Match Stats

  • Egypt
  • Nigeria
0(0) Shots (on goal) 0(0)
0 Fouls 0
0 Corner kicks 0
0 Offsides 0
0% Time of Possession 0%
0 Yellow Cards 1
0 Red Cards 0
0 Saves 0

Teams

  • Egypt
  • Nigeria
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