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Kelechi Iheanacho fires Nigeria to AFCON victory against Egypt as Mohamed Salah struggles

Posted On Thursday, 13 January 2022 01:57 Written by Ben Church/ CNN
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Mohamed Salah struggled to make much of an impact against Nigeria. Mohamed Salah struggled to make much of an impact against Nigeria.

By Ben Church, CNN

(CNN)Kelechi Iheanacho scored a goal of real quality as Nigeria won its opening game of theAfrica Cup of Nations against Egypt.

The Leicester striker scored the winning goal in the first half, firing his half-volley high into net after pivoting exquisitely on the edge of the box.
Considering his form in the English Premier League this season, many had expected Mohamed Salah to produce something special in his side's opening group game.
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But Nigeria managed to keep the Egypt captain quiet for the majority of the match, with the 29-year-old creating only one goal scoring opportunity of note.
The Liverpool star might have done better with his chance after being played through behind the defense with 20 minutes to go but he saw his weak effort saved by goalkeeper Maduka Okoye.
Egypt looked second best to Nigeria for much of the match, with the Super Eagles looking far more energetic and creative going forward.

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