NIGERIA ADVANCES TO THE LAST-16 OF AFRICA CUP OF NATIONS (AFCON)
So far, nine countries have qualified for the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations, AFCON, round of 16. With Egypt as the latest country to book its place in the 2021 AFCON last-16 on Wednesday.
The nine countries that have since booked their place in the AFCON round of 16 are Cameroon, Morocco, Nigeria, Burkina Faso, Senegal, Guinea, Morocco and Gabon and Egypt
Egypt finished in the second position in Group D with 6 points, while Nigeria finished on top of the group with 9 points after beating Guinea-Bissau 2-0 on Wednesday.
Cameroon was the first country to qualify for the AFCON round of 16 after wins over Burkina Faso and Ethiopia.
Morocco was the second nation to qualify for the last-16 after two victories over Ghana and Comoros.
Nigeria progressed from Group D at the Africa Cup of Nations with a perfect record after beating Guinea-Bissau 2-0. After winning over Egypt and Sudan, the Super Eagligeriansses had guaranteed their place in the knockout stages as group winners.
They almost relented, but Nigeria boss Augustine Eguavoen chose a path of maintaining momentum as his side put in a commanding display.
The first half was evenly fought, but Nigeria were the dominant force after the break, and goals from Umar Sadiq and William Troost-Ekong sealed the win.
Sadiq got the opener on 56 minutes, sliding the ball home at the far post following a delicious cross with the outside of his left boot from Kelechi Iheanacho.
Guinea-Bissau almost grabbed an equaliser on the hour, but Fali Cande’s free-kick was well saved by Francis Uzoho.
An equaliser would have been harsh on Nigeria who bossed the second half, and their win was sealed when Troost-Ekong stabbed home from close range after Moses Simon’s strike following a brilliant, jinking run had cannoned off the crossbar. Nigeria’s opponents in the Round of 16 are still to be determined, while Egypt joined them in progressing after beating Sudan 1-0.
Guinea-Bissau will play no further part in the event, as their defeat left them bottom of the group on goals scored.
Nigeria defeated Guinea Bissau 2-0 in their last Group D match at the Africa Cup of Nations on Wednesday in Garoua, Cameroon.
William Troost-Ekong scored Nigeria’s second goal against Guinea Bissau after a sensational dribble by Moses Simon in the 75th minute. Simon’s shot hit the bar after he dribbled three opponents before Ekong scored from the rebound.
Sadiq Umar scored in the 56th minute to put Nigeria ahead in the game. He scored through an assist from Kelechi Iheanacho. Both teams created good chances yet failed to score in the first half.