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Salah helpless as Iheanacho’s strike seals Nigeria’s win over Egypt

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By Joel Ajayi

Mohamed Salah was a shadow of himself as Nigeria’s Super Eagles opened their Africa Cup of Nations campaign on a winning note beating the most successful side in the competition 1-0.

 Kelechi Iheanacho strikes was enough for the Super Eagles to win Pharaohs of Egypt in Group D match at the ongoing 2021 AFCON

The match lived up to the hype of what was expected from both teams that have ten titles between them

Iheanacho scored the only goal of the match in the 27th minute to hand coach Augustine Eguavoen his first victory in the biennial tournament in a 1-0 victory

Nigeria started the brighter team with so much dominance before the goal came. And in the second half, they maintained their grip on the steering though goal-scoring opportunities were wasted.

Nigeria dominated throughout, with Egypt keeper Mohamed El Shenawy tipping a Taiwo Awoniyi header on to the bar and twice denying Chidera Ejuke.

The Pharaohs offered little in response after falling behind in Garoua,m But their threat never really looked like they were going to hurt Austin Eguavoen’s side and will now hope to get their campaign running in their next match against Guinea Bissau.

Nigeria, three-time African champions, continued to push for a second after half-time with El Shenawy twice keeping out substitute Chidera Ejuke in the closing stages.

Ultimately though one goal was enough for the West Africans, lead by interim manager Augustin Eguavoen

Coach Augustine Eguavoen would be a happy man coming out victorious against a team that dominated the three-time champions in recent times.

Nigeria will take on Sudan in the next match on Saturday, 15th January.

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NFF: X-Raying the Federal Government’s Letter on NFF Elections and Related Matters

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From the letter sent to the Nigerian Football Federation by the FG, one could logically deduce that the crux of the message from the Federal Government to the Nigeria Football Federation on its elections, is to sue for a much needed all-encompassing reforms and demand that elections be held as and when due.

This is in a bid to avoid throwing the Nigerian football ecosystem into any fresh leadership crisis of any sorts.

It would be recalled that the Federal Government through the Ministry of Youth and Sports Development instructed the Nigerian Football Federation to see to the successful staging of the September Elections, while implementing reforms that would be far-reaching for the benefit of the entire Nigerian football community.

The NFF were urged to ensure that the amended statutes reflect the national yearnings, aspirations and peculiarities of Nigeria as a sovereign nation whilst aligning with the principles and objectives of football as set by the world soccer governing body, FIFA.

The need for an all-inclusive process that carries everyone along, cannot be over-stated. This would invariably help to avoid a stain on the electoral process and ensure no desenting voices spring up at the end of the process.

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