The second true heavyweight match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations comes as Nigeria takes on Egypt to start Group D.
After Monday’s game between Morocco and Ghana saw the Atlas Lions come out with a 1-0 win, today we have another clash of title contenders. The match starts at 11 am ET from the Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon.
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah leads the way for Egypt, but has tough stellar competition on the other side as Nigeria features Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.
While both teams are expected to advance from Group D regardless of today’s result, a potential winner would prepare very well for a better round of 16 showdown and a deep tournament run, while the loser could feel additional pressure on. your other group. stage matches against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.
Sporting News will follow the event live and provide score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
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Will Nigeria and Egypt bring the heavy weapons in their opening match, or will they fall victim to rust and fail like many of the other best teams in the tournament so far? Algeria, the last to look less worthy of the title this morning, as they were blocked by Sierra Leone goalkeeper Mohamed Kamara, who made seven saves and faced 19 attempts from Algeria.
None of the “big” teams have played anywhere near their best so far in # AFCON2021… Even Morocco that beat Ghana.
Lack of setup time is definitely a factor, although tournaments often get off to a slow start.
– John Bennett (@JohnBennettBBC) January 11, 2022
Salah isn’t the only one in today’s match finally aiming for a trophy this month. Nigeria also has its eye on the award. Both will seek to prove it today.
Mohamed Salah has only one goal for AFCON 2022.
– Sky Sports Premier League (@SkySportsPL) January 11, 2022
The line-ups are in and most of the stars of both teams are starting, although Nigeria have left Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi on the bench. See the full lineups and substitutes below.
Nigerian legend Ahmed Musa, who boasts 102 caps and 16 international goals, is set to start his latest Africa Cup of Nations tournament. He was a central figure in the team’s 2013 AFCON tournament title and was the team captain during the 2019 tournament as Nigeria reached the semi-finals before losing to eventual champions Algeria.
Egypt coach Carlos Queiroz does not like to talk about specific formations and prefers to be flexible. We will see how fluid there is today against Nigeria.
– Pharaohs XI ???????? (@PharaohsXI) January 10, 2022
Nigeria vs Egypt lineups
Several of Nigeria’s stars play in the top leagues in Europe, which will make the Super Eagles difficult for Egypt.
He was expected to deploy a 3 CB formation as Augustine Eguavoen did previously, he has reverted to a more traditional 4-4-2, with Iheanacho leading the way. Surprisingly, Everton’s Alex Iwobi starts the match on the bench, as does Nigerian legend Ahmed Musa.
Okoye – Aina, Omeruo, Ekong, Zaidu – Chukwueze, Ndidi, Aribo, Simon – Iheanacho, Awoniyi.
Onyekuru, Ejuke, Iwobi, Musa, Sadiq, Nwakali, Onyeka, Ebuehi, Ajayi, Ndah, Akepyi, Uzoho.
For Egypt, Premier League stars Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny are starters, as is Aston Villa midfielder Trezeguet. It’s a strong lineup for Egypt, with well-known players supporting Stuttgart’s youngster Omar Marmoush and Galatasaray forward Mostafa Mohamed up front.
While the lineup features many of Egypt’s best players, there was significant turnover during recent CAF World Cup qualification in the fall, meaning there could be signs of unfamiliarity on the pitch.
El-Shenawy – Fetouh, El-Wensh, Hegazi, Akram – Hamdi, Elneny – Salah, Trezeguet, Marmoush – Mostafa.
Sherif, Ashour, Lasheen, Sobhi, El Said, Zizo, Kamal, Abdelmoneim, El-Din, Ashraf, Gad, Sobhi.
- Date: Tuesday, January 11
- Hour: 11 a.m. Eastern
- Television channel: be in sports
- Spanish language: beIN Sports in Spanish
- Transmission: fuboTV (free trial for new users)
The game will be broadcast live on beIN Sports’ major English and Spanish channels in the US and Canada.
Pre-match betting lines, picks and predictions
: Draw and more 1.5 (+380)
: Nigeria 1-1 Egypt
- Money line: Nigeria +220 / Draw +185 / Egypt +165
- Smeared: Egypt national team (-130) / Nigeria national team (+115)
- O / U 1.5 total goals: Over -145 / Under +125
- Both teams to score: Yes +125 / No -160