Football

AFCON: How We Prepared, Worked Hard To Defeat Pharaohs Of Egypt – Iheanacho

Leicester F.C. and Nigerian super forward Kelechi Iheanacho has described how the Super Eagles of Nigeria achieved victory against the Pharaohs of Egypt in a fiery encounter on Tuesday

A fantastic first-half goal by Iheanacho handed Nigeria a well deserved 1-0 victory over Egypt in their Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) Group ‘D’ opener in Garoua, Cameroon.

The goal came from a half-volley hammered from the edge of the box into the top corner in the 30th minute to settle the contest at the Stade Roumdé Adjia.

In a post-match conference after being awarded man-of-the-match, Iheanacho attributed the victory to good preparation and confidence.

“We prepared really well for them and we were confident and not scared of them.

“So, we showed that today on the pitch and we got the points that we needed.

“Hopefully, we will get more points in the competition and we’ll move forward from there” he said.

Super Eagles’ interim coach and former Super Eagles legend Augustine Eguavoen said his game plan was to respect every team but not to be scared of any team.

“When we arrived, the reception was very okay and my general overview is that this has been quite an interesting AFCON tournament from the very first day we touched down in Cameroon.

“I think all teams need to be respected and our game plan is to respect everybody but not to be scared of anyone.

“Egypt as we all know have won the most number of titles (seven times) in the AFCON and are a very strong side with one of the best coaches and players in the world.

“I think we worked very hard, we respected them, but try to play our game to get maximum points from every game,” he said.

The Super Eagles’ next match will be against Sudan on Saturday, before playing their last group game against Guinea Bissau on January 19.