Following the Super Eagles opening game against Egypt at the 2021 AFCON which ended in a victory, the official beer partner of the Nigerian Football Federation (NFF) has congratulated the Eagles on their performance and charged them to go for an early qualification for the round of 16.
Commenting on the performance of the Eagles, Senior Brand Manager, “33” Export Lager, Aishat Anaekwe said “it was the result we hoped for and we are very proud of the players. Moments like this show that with the right support, we can be super together.”
The Eagles who are without Victor Oshimen and Odion Ighalo for the tournament didn’t find the back of the net till the 30th minute and it came from “Senior man Kelz” Kelechi Ihenacho. The Leicester City striker brought down a header by Joe Aribo into the box and fired a cracker on the turn which resulted in Nigeria’s first goal.
The forward almost turned provider a few minutes later when he passed the ball to striker partner, Taiwo Awoniyi in the box but the Union Berlin striker could not bury his shot. The first half ended 1 – nil in favour of the Eagles after what was a comfortable half for Coach Augustine Eguavoen boys.
The second half started as the first ended with Awoniyi’s heading from point-blank range after a cross into the box but Egyptian shot-stopper Mohamed El Shenawi was on hand to save the Pharoah’s blushes. The Egyptian grew into the match as the half progressed and almost levelled when Mohammed Salah found space in the Eagles box but Maduka Okoye pulled off a brilliant save with his foot.
The Eagles looked comfortable throughout the match, enjoying most of the possession and more shots on goal. They play their next game against the Desert Foxes of Sudan on Saturday at 5pm