Super Eagles on Friday were punished by the Pharaohs of Egypt after Mohammed Salah grabbed a last minute goal to cancel out Etebo’s strike in a crucial AFCON 2017 qualifying match.
The Eagles played a goalless first half in the hot weather of Kaduna state. The two sides had several chances to lead but couldn’t convert them into goals. Ahmed Musa, El-neny came close and Kelechi Iheanacho’s shot was blocked. Odion Ighalo also had a great opportunity to put the Eagles forward but missed the net from two yards out.
Both teams started brightly in the second half with Nigerian forward Odion Ighalo troubling the Egyptian defense with deadly moves. Egypt also threatened with Mohammed Salah and looked dangerous.
However Oghenekaro Etebo put the eagles forwards with a strike in the 59th minute. Iheanacho’s shot hits the cross bar and falls to Etobo who gladly rebounds home.
Nigeria continued to search for the second goal with Victor Moses, Odion Ighalo and Moses Simon being denied by the Egyptian goalkeeper.
The Eagles were on course for a win but gifted Mohammed Salah a goal at the last minute through poor defending.
Egypt remains top of the group with 7 points. Nigeria trails with two points less.