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Even despite the perceived lack of firepower in the Nigerian squad ahead of the tournament, the Super Eagles kicked off their Africa Cup of Nations campaign with relative ease after a dominant victory over Egypt.

Kelechi Iheanacho’s first-half goal, a superbly struck half-volley, was enough for Nigeria to advance to Group D opener in a disappointing exit for Egypt.

Moses Simon, Joe Aribo and Iheanacho caused all kinds of trouble for their opponents and really should have added to the score. The Leicester star in particular could well have pulled off a hat-trick if his touch hadn’t given up on him.

Yet as impressive as Nigeria is, Egypt has seen their attackers flounder.

Blaming Mohamed Salah would be grossly unfair given the lack of service offered to him, but the Liverpool star hasn’t had much of an impact at all.

Egypt, of course, will always be confident to move on to the next round, but it was Nigeria and their exhausted front line that made the first statement.


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