Greatest champion of the African Cup of Nations, Egypt is still alive to try for its eighth title in the competition. The team beat Sudan 1-0 this Wednesday, in Yaounde, Cameroon, and secured the other spot in Group D. Leader of the group, Nigeria beat Guinea-Bissau 2-0 and ended the group stage with 100 % utilization.
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Mohamed Salah, in action in Egypt’s victory over Sudan (Photo: Mohamed Abd El Ghany/Reuters)
Egyptian captain, Mohamed Salah was a starter, but went blank. The winning goal for Carlos Queiroz’s team was scored by defender Mohamed Abdelmoneim, in the 35th minute of the first half, when he took a corner from the left and tested for the goal: 1-0.
In Garoua, Nigeria entered classified and assured the leadership of Group D. Sadiq Umar, Almería’s forward, opened the scoring by taking advantage of Iheanacho’s cross from the right and scoring for the goal. In the second half, Troost-Ekong, Watford’s defender, took advantage of the rebound inside the small area and scored the second: 2-0.
Nigeria had nine points in Group D. Egypt followed with six. Both are qualified for the round of 16. Sudan and Guinea-Bissau have one point each and are eliminated. In the next phase, the Egyptians face the leader of Group E. Nigeria takes one of the best third-placed teams.