Egyptian Pharaohs playing at Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, suffered 1-0 defeat opener from the Super Eagles of Nigeria despite being voted as one of the favourites nations to lift this year’s trophy, having had on-form Liverpool striker Mo Salah.

Salah saw his powerful volley blocked before the linesman’s flag went up earlier for an offside. Minutes later, he was again denied another chance by Super Eagles shot stopper Maduka Okoye from close range after he was played by a fine ball over the top.

Just before half time, Nigeria took the lead when Leicester City’s forward Kelechi Iheanacho was nicely played by Rangers midfielder Joe Aribo on the edge of the box and volleyed into the top corner to put the Super Eagles ahead.

The Super Eagles were dominant in the midfield led by Iheanacho’s team-mate Wilfred Ndidi who falgged up a super midfield performance, to win the battle against Arsenal’s Mohamed Elneny and Aston Villa’s Trezeguet.

However, the Pharaohs were forced into an early sub when Mohamed Ahmed replaced injured defender Akram Tawfik before Carlos Queiroz, opted to bring in three more substitutes in the first 15 minutes of the second half but all these could not scare Nigeria.

The frustrating result leave Egypt with dazzling hopes of making another AFCON history of record-seven AFCON titles ahead of Saturday’s clash against Guinea Bissau while the Super Eagles will be up against Sudan in another Group D encounter.