Nigeria’s Super Eagles and Egypt Pharaohs kick off their Total Energies Africa Cup of Nations, Cameroon 2021 campaign with a top gun encounter today.
Date: January 11, 2022
Time: 17:00 local time (16:00 GMT)
Stadium: Roumde Adjia, Garoua
Match facts from Opta:
● This will be the ninth encounter between Nigeria and Egypt at the Africa Cup of Nations – only three fixtures have been played more often in the history of the tournament (Cameroon-Egypt, Côte d’Ivoire-Egypt and Côte d’Ivoire-Ghana – all 10 times). Nigeria hold the upper hand with three wins to Egypt’s two, although their last encounter in 2010 went to the Pharaohs (3-1 in the group phase).
● Nigeria are making their 19th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations. They have reached the semi-finals in 14 of their last 16 AFCON participation, winning the tournament on three occasions.
● This is Egypt’s 25th appearance at the Africa Cup of Nations, a record in the history of the tournament. They have won it seven times, more than any other side. However, they have won none of the last five AFCON tournaments after winning each of the previous three (2006, 2008, 2010).
● Egypt are unbeaten in each of their last 16 group matches at the Africa Cup of Nations (W12 D4). Their last defeat in the group phase dates back to the 2004 tournament (1-2 v Algeria).
● Since his debut in the competition in 2017, Mohamed Salah has been directly involved in 60% of Egypt’s goals in the Africa Cup of Nations (4 goals + 2 assists, out of a team total of 10 goals)
Records to be broken
If Super Eagles win, Egypt’s unbeaten run in the last 16 group matches at AFCON will end.
AFCON 2021 group record
Except a draw is played, Nigeria or Egypt will emerge first winners or losers in Group D of AFCON 2021.
Nigeria is led by Augustine Eguavoen, who was on-field captain when the Eagles won the title in Tunisia in 1994, and then coached the Eagles to third place in Egypt 12 years later. In 2004, he was assistant to Coach Christian Chukwu when the Eagles picked up the bronze medals in Tunisia.
Eguavoen is the only man to have coached Nigeria to win all three group phase matches at the AFCON – when they defeated Ghana, Zimbabwe, and Senegal in Port Said at the 2006 finals in Egypt.
This record may be broken if Nigeria is defeated by Egypt today.
The Eagles qualified for their 19th AFCON appearance enjoying an unbeaten qualification where they finished at the top of Group L with 14 points ahead of Lesotho to secure smooth entry into the group stages of the tournament. They will hope to keep a clean record in the 2021 AFCON campaign.
51st win at AFCON
Nigeria’s Super Eagles are targetting their 51st AFCON win in today’s game.
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