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Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Egypt Dismissed Nigeria’s Super Eagles from 2017 AFCON

The Super Eagles of Nigeria crashed out of the race to 2017 African Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon in January 2017. This happened as a result of Egypt’s Ramadan Sobhy’s 65th minute goal against Nigeria in Alexandria, Egypt.
Egypt and Nigeria are in Group G alongside Tanzania and Chad. Chad has lost all matched played and likely (but really definitely) won’t qualify. So, on financial claims, Chad withdrew from the qualifiers competition and that, according to rules, means only the group winner will qualify. Nigeria had defeated Chad 2-0 in 2015. But all matches played against Chad are automatically cancelled. There will be no best runner up.

As a result of the defeat on Tuesday, 29th March, 2016 Nigeria’s blurry hope of qualification faded as smoke into the cloud. Egypt has already won two matches. So, if Nigeria won Tanzania in September, that will be 1 match won and Egypt would have had 2 or 3 matches won. Definitely, Super Eagles’ hope of qualifying died in Alexandria.

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