Fans of both countries, as well as neutrals, will be riveted when two of the favourites to win this year’s Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) competition clash, first for control of Group D.
Three-time champions Nigeria will be without a slew of first-choice strikers, Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, and Odion Ighalo.
However, the West African country has so many talented players that they may still rely on Kelechi Iheanacho, Taiwo Awoniyi, and Alex Iwobi to lead the line.
Egypt has probably the finest player in the world right now, Mohamed Salah, and they will try to get the most out of him in order to win a record-extending seventh AFCON championship.
Form and Head-to-Head
Both countries come into this event with a great deal of pedigree and tradition behind them, which has been bolstered by recent excellent play on the field.
Three wins and one tie were recorded in the other four games by the Super Eagles of Nigeria, who have now lost just once in their past five games. Over the course of that period, they have scored seven goals and surrendered three.
The Pharaohs of Egypt, on the other hand, have a superior record, having drawn just one of their past five games and winning the other four. These five games have seen them score 10 goals and surrender just three in that time span.”
Historically, the Egyptians have had the best of things in head-to-head matchups, having won three of the past five meetings between the two teams.
Date, Kick-off time, and Venue
Nigeria vs Egypt game is set to take place on Tuesday, January 11 at 5 p.m. Nigerian time at the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua.
Team News and Possible Line-ups
In recent weeks, the Super Eagles of Nigeria have been rocked by a string of no-shows, particularly in the attacking positions, with Osimhen, Dennis, and Ighalo, as well as first-choice centre-back Leon Balogun, failing to make the trip to Cameroon.
It seems that the Pharaohs of Egypt will have better fortune, with key players Salah, Mohamed Elneny, and Ahmed Hegazi all available. So far, no players from either side have been ruled out as a result of the coronavirus infection.
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