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Salah’s late strike denies Super Eagles victory


Super Eagles players pose for a photograph before the game against Egypt at the ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday, March 25, 2016. PHOTO:

Super Eagles players pose for a photograph before the game against Egypt at the ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday, March 25, 2016. PHOTO:

A late equaliser by Mohamed Salah denied the Super Eagles the chance of moving to the top of Group G in the African Cup of Nations qualification.

The Super were forced to play a 1-1 draw when Salah slotted home a fine pass from Ramadan to cancel out Oghenekaro Etebo’s goal.

The draw meant Egypt stay on top of Group G with seven points from three matches and host Nigeria in a reverse fixture in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Nigeria are second with five points with Tanzania on four points.

Only the overall group winners are guaranteed automatic passage to the final tournament in Gabon next year.

Oghenekaro Etebo put Nigeria ahead on the hour, when he scrambled home off a rebound after Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot came off the post.

However, in stoppage time, Mohammed Salah sprung an offside trap by the home team to draw Egypt level.

Nigeria bossed possession after a bright start to the game, but Egypt threatened on the counter.

Super Eagles goalkeeper Carl Ikeme pulled off the first big save of the day when he put out his foot to block a goal-bound effort by Ahmed Hassan ‘Kouka’ after 18 minutes.

Egypt goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawi was also at his best in the closing moments of the half when he turned away a low, goal-bound shot by Kelechi Iheancho in the 45th minute.

In stoppage time, Odion Ighalo failed to direct his shot from inside the box with the Egypt defence at his mercy.

Nigeria continued to attack after the interval with coach Samson Siasia giving Arsenal youngster Alex Iwobi his first official game for the Eagles late on.

Ikeme was forced to make another big save after 65 minutes as Egypt chased for an equaliser.

In the 72nd minute, Ahmed Musa was denied by El-Shennawi, who kept out a goal-bound shot by the CSA Moscow star.

Six minutes from time, Victor Moses went clean on goal but his shot was cleared off the goal line by Hamada Tolba.

And just when Nigeria thought they had shaded this contest, Salah stole in draw Egypt level at the death.

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  • AriseNigeria

    Its a game of sports, the Eagles can beat Egypt in Egypt, if they want it so bad, and if they stay united and determined. Courage is what it takes! Nigeria should face reality, the North is not ideal for international matches, there are many safety issues affecting that zone, apart from the heat, is the issue of safety, so why insist on Kaduna. I know Vincent Enyeama once voiced concern about the safety of playing in Kaduna, and the NFF vagabonds wanted to strangle him, now see how Kaduna has strangled the Eagles chance.

  • Name Seni

    Just very painful, at the last minute. Another referee’s error. That man was offside