- 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
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.