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AFCON: Nigeria’s Victory Over Egypt Break The Pharaoh’s 16-Game Unbeaten Record

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria have defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in their group stage encounter at the ongoing 33rd Africa Cup of Nations on Tuesday in Garoua, Cameroon.

Super Eagles, who top Group D with the victory, were dominant and impressive in the game.

With today’s victory, Nigeria broke Egypt’s unbeaten record. Pharaohs were unbeaten in their last 16 group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations.

Before now, Egypt’s last defeat in the group phase dates back to the 2004 tournament when they lost 2-1 against Algeria.

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Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal in the game in the 30th minute with an assist from Taiwo Awoniyi.

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AFCON 2021: Egypt coach, Queiroz apologizes to Nigerians

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Egypt head coach, Carlos Queiroz has apologized to Nigeria and Nigerians ahead of his side’s 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, tie with Guinea-Bissau on Saturday night.

Queiroz issued the apology while lamenting again the inability of the referee, Bakary Gassama to award a penalty to his team when it appears Moses Simon had fouled Zizo inside the box during the Pharaohs’ 1-0 defeat to Nigeria in their opening 2021 AFCON tie earlier this week.

Recall that Nigeria defeated Egypt 1-0, thanks to Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half goal.

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Speaking ahead of his side’s clash with Guinea-Bissau, Queiroz said at his pre-match press conference that his team lost to Nigeria because the referee didn’t do his job.

“I apologize to Nigeria and Nigerians, the fact is the referee doesn’t do their job, VAR inclusive. It’s totally unfair,” Queiroz said.

“The reality is the Egyptian needs to press. We lost because the referee did not do his job. The bad decision of the referee cost us the game. Probably this won’t be the situation in our next game,” he said.

He added, “It’s not the responsibility of Nigerians, they pressed. We will rise. Moving forward, winning the next.”

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AFCON 2021: Super Eagles Qualify For Knockout Stages (Photos)

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Nigeria are through to the knockout stages of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, following a 3-1 win over Sudan on Saturday.

The Super Eagles had beaten Egypt 1-0 in their first Group D fixture.

Against the Sudanese, goals from Samuel Chukwueze, Taiwo Awoniyi and Moses Simon gave the three-time champions a three-goal lead.

Although Sudan pulled one back, it was merely a consolation goal.

Nigeria top the group with six points ahead of the Egypt vs Guinea-Bissau game.

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AFCON: Nathan Tella Confirms Desire To Play For Nigeria

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England-born midfielder, Nathan Tella has confirmed his desire to play for Nigeria.

Tella, who plays for Southampton in the English Premier League, said he is a Nigerian and is ready to play international football.

The 22-year-old confessed that it would be a ‘dream’ to wear the famous green and white colours of Nigeria.

Tella also insisted that he has been keeping tabs on the ongoing 2021 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) tournament in Cameroon because of Nigeria and his Southampton teammate Moussa Djenepo, who was in action as Mali defeated Tunisia despite several refereeing mistakes.

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The ongoing 2021 AFCON may have played a key role in helping Tella arrive at that major decision.

“I would love to play international football,” Tella told HampshireLive.

“That is always been a dream of mine. If I went away with Nigeria, it would be something new and new experiences bring out the best in players.

“When I look at Che [Adams], I see that he has come back from Scotland as a more mature player. There is no reason why I can’t do that; come back a more mature person.

AFCON: Nathan Tella Confirms Desire To Play For Nigeria

“Whatever happens in the future, I am just focused on being here and, yes, trying to score goals and help the team win and progress.”

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He added: “I am always keeping an eye on AFCON. I am Nigerian, so I always want to focus and watch the games.

“Obviously, when I have any of my teammates (Moussa Djenepo, Mali) out there, I really want to know how they do.

“I am happy he won yesterday, despite the ending, but it was good that he was able to win, and I wish him all the best.”

Tella was born in England to Nigerian parents and he is eligible to feature for the Super Eagles.

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