Kelechi Iheanacho Scored in the 30th minute of the match, hitting a
spectacular half-volley at his turn.
Nigeria was dominant throughout the match, including Egypt.
Mohamed El Shenawy tipped a Taiwo Awoniyi striker over the bar and twice deflected
The Pharaohs have not responded following their fall with Garoua.
Iheanacho is flying high for Super Eagles.
Iheanacho’s display on the front line will relieve Super Eagles supporters, with fellow
Nigeria strikers Victor Osimhen, Emmanuel Dennis, and Odion Ighalo being all omitted from
the squad play Cameroon.
The Foxes player impressed during the opening half Awoniyi was the one to feed him, and
he was able to save a low effort in the closing minutes.
Nigeria, the three-time African champions, kept pushing for a second goal after half-time.
El Shenawy twice kept out Chidera Ejuke, a substitute, during the final minutes.
It was a stalemate, but one goal was sufficient to satisfy The West Africans, led by interim
manager Augustin Eguavoen, with the new manager Jose Peseiro only watching from the
Super Eagles had sacked long-serving manager Gernot Rohr only four weeks before the
World Cup following a disappointing qualification campaign.
The Pharaohs are not as successful in their opener.
Throughout the game, Egypt was a lackluster team; they managed just one shot during the
first one hour.
Liverpool player Mohamed Salah, who has confirmed his determination to remain with the
club at Anfield, often found himself in the front when Nigeria controlled the game’s pace.
The forward was passed into the box in the substitute Ahmed Sayed with 20 minutes
remaining, but the legs of Nigeria goalkeeper Maduka Okoye saved his miss-hit shot.
Nigeria will play Sudan as part of Group D this Saturday (16:00 GMT), while Egypt will face
Guinea-Bissau (19:00 GMT).