A win for Egypt would all but seal their qualification to the tournament finals in Gabon next year, and would signal the end for the West Africans’ hopes of progression; Chad’s withdrawal from Group G means that the second-placed team will not be qualifying under any circumstances whatsoever.
Should Nigeria pull off a win, however, they will be the favorites to finish at the top of the standings, and will go into the final matchday with a one point lead over Egypt, with Tanzania visiting the former at home in September.
With so much to lose for both sides, tensions will surely be running high at the Borg El Arab stadium, but who will come out on top?
Key battle: Mohamed Salah vs Elderson Echiéjilé – Stanley Amuzie struggled against the mercurial Salah in the first encounter, and Nigeria may very well call on the more experienced Monaco defender for the trip to Alexandria. Salah will definitely be part of an interesting battle against the left-back of Siasia’s choice on Tuesday.
Player to watch: Odion Ighalo – The Watford striker was clearly below his uncontainable best on Friday, and he will surely be looking to stamp his mark on the second part of the entertaining double header between both teams. Perhaps Victor Moses replacing Iheanacho would help the former Granada man prosper?
Trivia: Egypt are currently on a 26-year unbeaten streak against Nigeria, facing off five times in that period.
Egypt XI: Shennawy; Gaber, Rabia, Hegazy, Tolba, Ibrahim Salah, Elneny, Abdullah El-Said, Ramadan Sobhy, Salah, Marwan Mohsen.
Subs: Amr Gamal, Ayman Hefny, Hazem Emam, Mohamed El-Shenawy, Ahmed Dewidar, Hossam Ghaly, Mahmoud Hassan ‘Trezeguet’.
Nigeria XI: Akpeyi; Shehu, Amuzie, Ambrose, Oboabona, John Obi Mikel, Etebo, Aminu, Musa, Victor Moses, Ighalo.
Subs: Echiejile, Iheanacho, Azubuike, Simon, Ezenwa, Onazi, Iwobi.
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