Nigeria manager Augustine Eguavoen slammed Egypt’s game plan, believing it’s centered around only one player which is Mohamed Salah.

The Pharaohs had a shaky start to their Africa Cup of Nations journey, suffering a 1-0 defeat from Nigeria in their Group stage opening game.

The game’s only goal came through Kelechi Iheanacho before the half-time break, after complete domination for the game from The Super Eagles.

In the second half, the Nigerian national team had multiple chances to double their lead, but Egypt goalkeeper Mohamed El-Shennawy was there for the save.

After the game, Eguavoen made a few comments, talking about Egypt’s Mohamed Salah, and how over-reliance on him cost Egypt the game.

“I’d like to congratulate my players, we had respect for Egypt and we just played our game,” Augustine said.

“Egypt only played on giving Salah spaces to run, it’s their only play, so we just had to keep the ball away from him.

“We did everything in the game, every game is a finale to us.

“We won our first game, now we are focused on the upcoming clashes.”

With the end of Group D matchday one, Nigeria is now leading, followed by Guinea-Bissau and Sudan who each have one point, and in last place comes Egypt.


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