Nigeria’s hopes of qualifying for the 2017 Africa Nations Cup has been dashed after they were beaten 1 – 0 by Egypt in Alexandria.
Nigeria was wasteful and did little to trouble the Pharaohs in the first half. Super Eagles were clumsy and couldn’t find a shot on target for the first 45 minutes. Victor Moses especially lost the ball on several occasions. Egypt however created chances and could’ve gone ahead.
However Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhy broke the deadlock in the 69th minute. He pounced after a corner was poorly cleared by Nigeria’s defense. He quickly hit a shot and the ball and it rolled under goalkeeper Akpeyi’s arm thinking his defence line would clear that.
The Super Eagles came alive after the goal and threatened to score. Victor Moses tried atoning for his wastefulness with a powerful shot which hit the far post. However it wasn’t enough as the Pharaohs clung on to earn the three points and qualify.
Nigeria’s loss means they won’t qualify for the African championship for the second consecutive time.