Egypt send Nigeria crushing out of AFCON 2017

Egypt send Nigeria crushing out of AFCON 2017

- Nigeria won the Nations Cup in 2013 but have now suffered back-to-back eliminations in qualifying

- Nigeria went into the match hanging by the skin of their teeth, tasked with a must-win situation

- The withdrawal of Chad from the Afcon race earlier had also piled more misery on Nigeria , which meant all results against Chad remained cancelled

Egypt send Nigeria crushing out of AFCON 2017

Egypt send Nigeria crushing out of AFCON 2017

Nigeria football seems to be in crisis with the team's failure to qualify for the Afcon 2017 after they lost 1-0 to Egypt in their Group G encounter Tuesday.

With just one game remaining and only the group winners to qualify, Nigeria cannot make up their five-point deficit to table-toppers Egypt.

This makes it the second consecutive time the 2013 Afcon champions have failed to make a slot for the African showpiece.

After Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhy's 65th-minute winner.

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Nigeria threw everything forward to find an equaliser on Tuesday and keep their hopes alive and came close when West Ham winger Victor Moses crashed a shot against the post in the 84th minute.

The match in Alexandria became a virtually all-or-nothing tie for Nigeria after Chad withdrew from the group on Sunday, citing financial difficulties, and all results from their matches were erased.

That left only three teams in Group G and in accordance with the rules of the Confederation of African Football only the winner would qualify for the finals.

 

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