Key stats Nigeria vs Egypt : Aina top tackler & MOTM; Simon top dribbler; Awoniyi top fouler; Chukwueze most key passes
Kelechi Iheanacho’s first half goal proved the difference as Nigeria began their campaign at the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations with a 1-0 victory over Egypt at Stade Roumdé Adjia,Garoua on Tuesday evening.
With a rating of 7.81, Ola Aina was the best rated player, winning the Man of the Match award ahead of Zaidu Sanusi (7.67) and Joe Aribo (7.60).
Nigeria had fifteen shots of which five were on target with Chidera Ejuke and Taiwo Awoniyi registering a joint-game high two efforts on target each and Iheanacho with one ending up in the back of the net.
Aina, Sanusi, Omeruo, Aribo, Simon and Awoniyi won one foul each; the Union Berlin striker showed the other side of his game by committing a game-high five fouls, one less than the whole Egyptian team combined.
Wilfred Ndidi finished with a passing accuracy of 85.2 percent, a team-high figure for those that started the game, was the best Super Eagles player in aerial duels with four won and finished with a team-high 69 touches to place first ahead of Aina (68).
When it came to key passes, Villarreal winger Samuel Chukwueze recorded four, more than any other player that tasted action for both teams.
Troost-Ekong’s seven clearances was a joint game-high figure, along with Egypt’s Ahmed Hegazy.
Moses Simon succeeded with four take-ons, a game-high figure, ahead of Zaidu Sanusi (3) , Ola Aina (2) and Zizo (2).
The Chelsea academy product registered a game-high six tackles while the Porto fullback stood out in interceptions with three, the most by a Nigeria player.
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