The Super Eagles of Nigeria will not be competing in the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Gabon after losing to the Pharaohs of Egypt by a score of 1-0 in Alexandria on Tuesday.
Nigeria needed to defeat Egypt in order to qualify for AFCON after Friday’s match against them ended in a 1-1 draw. Tuesday’s match gave the Pharaohs a 5-point lead in Group G.
Egypt’s 19-year-old Ramadan Sobhy scored the loan goal of the match in the 64th minute, securing the Pharaohs a spot in the 2017 edition of AFCON after missing the last three contests.
The Super Eagles, who failed to qualify for the 2015 edition, had their position in Group G impacted after Chad dropped out of the tournament. Chad’s withdrawal gave Group G an uneven number of teams (Nigeria, Egypt, and Tanzania), allowing only one team to advance. As a result of the withdrawal, all results of matches against Chad were nullified. The Super Eagles had defeated Chad 2-0.
After Tuesday’s match, Egypt stands on top of the Group G standings with 7 points. Nigeria trails with 2 points, while Tanzania sits in last with 1 point.