Monday, February 26, 2024

AFCON 2023: Super Eagle Play Out 1-1 Draw With Equatorial Guinea

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have settled for a 1-1 draw against Equatorial Guinea in their opening game of the 2023 Africa Cup of Nations.

Equatorial Guinea opened the scoring through Ivan Salvador in the thirty sixth minute but Nigeria responded quickly when Victor Osimhen scored with a header.

Salvador’s classy first-half finish was his side’s only attempt on target and briefly threatened a significant upset in the second game of the tournament.

Jesus Owono made several second-half saves to deny the Super Eagles, and Osimhen missed after breaking clear.

The stalemate in the Group A match in Abidjan means both sides are two points behind Ivory Coast, who opened the tournament with a 2-0 win over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.

Nigeria takes on Ivory Coast at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium in their next game, pitting two teams considered strong contenders for the title against each other.

 

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