AFCON: Nigeria - Egypt

Malchus

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11.01.22 - 17:00 CET

Ironically, Egypt is the most successful country at the Africa Cup of Nations with seven titles, but not once has Mohamed Salah won it. The Liverpool striker mentioned this at a press conference ahead of today's opening appearance of Egypt at the championship, which they last conquered in 2010 and two years ago, they bid farewell to the tournament in the 1/8-finals after a frustrating 0-1 defeat by South Africa at their home tournament, much to the disappointment of their fans. Egypt simply can't make enough use of Salah's potential, but that's not so strange, because he doesn't have nearly the quality of teammates and service around him in the national team as he does in Liverpool.

On paper, Nigeria has a better offense, although Emmanuel Dennis (Watford), Victor Osimhen (Napoli), or Odion Ighalo (Al Shabab) did not fly to Cameroon for various reasons. There are six Premier League players in the squad and the goals should be mainly provided by the duo of Samuel Chukwueze (Villarreal) and Kelechi Iheanacho (Leicester), who scored a hat-trick in the recent game against Manchester City. Striker Peter Olayinka also made the nomination, but his role in the team is marginal. However, the Super Eagles are unreadable under new coach Augustin Eguavoen and their performance at the tournament could easily end in success or failure. In any case, the match between the two heavyweights will be a cautious one, a draw could suit both before the games against the outsiders (Sudan, Guinea-Bissau).

Prediction:
Draw @ 2.90 (bet365)
 

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