The Super Eagles of Nigeria are no longer in a position to qualify for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) holding in Gabon, after falling to a 1-0 defeat to Egypt in Alexandria.

Trailing Egypt by two points with just one further match to go following Chad’s withdrawal from the qualifiers, the Super Eagles needed to win to have their fate in their hands, and the they began the game the more assertive side even though it was the Pharaohs who created the finer chances.

Having bossed large swathes of the first half, Nigerians were hoping to see their team go a notch better with a goal. Instead, it was the home team that took the lead in the 65th minute, when 19-year-old Ramadan Sobhi’s tame shot towards the goal managed to evade three Nigerian defenders and the goalkeeper.

The Eagles fought back resiliently, Victor Moses going closest with a finely-hit long-range effort that came back off the inside of the post. In the end, it was too little too late, as the Egyptians held on to their narrow lead to condemn Nigeria to a second consecutive failure to qualify for the Cup of Nations.

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