Egypt have completed the March worldwide break with a disappointing 1-Zero defeat to Nigeria on the Stephen Keshi Stadium.
The Pharaohs’ boss Javier Aguirre has determined to depart plenty of key gamers out of the March video games, together with Mohamed Salah, Ahmed Hegazi, Elmohamady, and plenty of extra.
As a substitute, numerous inexperienced gamers had been called-up to characteristic for Egypt of their ultimate 2019 AFCON qualifier in opposition to Niger and the Nigeria pleasant.
Zamalek’s goalkeeper Mahmoud Gennesh was handed his worldwide debut alongside his club-teammate Mahmoud Alaa and Ahmed Fetouh, and El-Dakhelya winger Islam Gaber.
Omar Gaber and Baher Elmohamady partnered Alaa and Fetouh within the defence, whereas Islam Gaber and Mahmoud Trezeguet began on the wings.
Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny captained the Pharaohs from the center of the park, and Tarek Hamed and Mostafa Mohamed, who gained his first cap in opposition to Niger, accomplished a three-man defence, which performed behind the lone striker Salah Mohsen.
It took Nigeria solely seven seconds to open the scoreline after a defensive blunder from Ahmed Fetouh which allowed Paul Onuachu to drive into the field, earlier than firing into the highest nook.
Egypt tried to get again into the sport and managed to regulate the sport within the following 20 minutes, however with out creating any clear-cut probabilities as the shortage of chemistry between Mohamed and Mohsen made it troublesome for them to interrupt Nigeria’s defence.
Within the 30th minute, Alex Iwobi had the possibility to double his aspect’s lead after exploiting on Mahmoud Alaa’s defensive error, however his shot was weak and was saved simply by Gennesh.
The hosts dominated the remaining minutes of first-half, however couldn’t rating one other purpose, and 1-Zero was the scoreline of the primary 45 minutes.
Amr Warda changed Salah Mohsen between the break, and Mostafa Mohamed was moved as much as the striker place.
Aguirre was compelled to make one other substitution after two minutes into the second-half, as Mahmoud Alaa suffered a facial harm and was changed by Ahmed Ayman Mansour.
In contrast to the first-half, Egypt had extra of the ball possession, however nonetheless struggled to create any actual probabilities, and in opposition to the run of play, Iwobi almost made it 2-Zero after a solo effort from Henry Onyekuru, nevertheless, the Arsenal winger’s shot was blocked by Tarek Hamed.
Kouka and Mohamed Hany was introduced in for Mostafa Mohamed and Omar Gaber, and it virtually labored out immediately after the Olympiakos ahead was despatched by on purpose, however he couldn’t discover the goal.
Within the 83rd minute, Islam Gaber got here so near equalising the rating when his long-range effort hit Ikechukwu Ezenwa’s crossbar, earlier than the rebound by Kouka was saved by the goalkeeper.
Egypt loved the lion’s share of possession within the final 15 minutes and created plenty of probabilities, however did not make them depend, and ultimately, Nigeria held on for a deserved 1-Zero victory