Set for the 30,000-capacity Stade Roumdé Adjia Stadium in the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua, the match promises to be a fascinating encounter, given the pedigree of both sides in continental football.
Egypt remains the most successful team with seven titles under their belt as compared to Nigeria’s three titles following successes at the 1980, 1994 and 2013 editions.
Both teams are familiar foes at the AFCON, with the Pharaohs hammering the Eagles 6-3 in Nigeria’s first-ever appearance at the competition (in Ghana in 1963). The Pharaohs came from behind to tame the Eagles 3-1 in the city of Benguela (Angola) in 2010. In all other confrontations at AFCON, the Eagles have had the upper hand.
Yet, Super Eagles caretaker coach Austin Eguavoen said there would be nothing cagey about the game in the sunny atmosphere of Stade Roumdé Adjia.
”I look forward to an interesting game between two ambitious teams,” the 1994 AFCON winner said ahead of today’s tricky encounter.
“As I said a couple of weeks ago, we will take it one match at a time. For now, we see the clash with Egypt and all our plan is how to earn the three points.