Nigeria Tuesday night crashed out of AFCON 2017 after they lost 1-0 to hosts Egypt in Alexandria.
It will be the second time in two years thatthe Super Eagles have failed to qualify for the Nations Cup.
Egypt now have an unassailable seven points with a round of matches to played in June.
Nigeria have a distant two points and even if they trounce Tanzania in September, they will not will not be at Gabon 2017.Teenager Radwan Sobhi grabbed the all-important goal in the 65thminute when his toed effort from just inside the box trickled behind a sea of Nigerian legs and past goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi.
Despite their galaxy of foreign stars, Nigeria never really stretched the Egypt backline except in the 84th minute, when Victor Moses shot from outside the box came off the post with the Egypt goalkeeper well beaten.It was also the same time in the game in Kaduna, when he rounded Ahmed Shennawi but his shot was cleared off the goalline by an Egyptian defender.
Hosts Egypt created the better chances in the first half but Nigeria also had their moments during a goalless first half at a packed Borg El-Arab Stadium in Alexandria.
Nigeria played with a lot of confidence and dictated the tempo of the game for a good period of the first 45 minutes.
Egypt created two early openings – Hegazy headed narrowly past the Nigeria goal after five minutes and almost immediately skipper Al-Said fired with a left foot from inside the box.The impressive Al-Said then delivered a low cross from the left in the 29thminute, but Mohamed Salah was not close to make contact.
In the closing minutes of the first half, Nigeria goalkeeper Akpeyi pulled off two big saves from Ibrahim Salah and again skipper Al-Said.
In the seventh minute, Umar Aminu dashed into the Egyptian goal area but his shot was firmly held by the goalkeeper.Odion Ighalo had a half chance when he controlled the ball inside the box, but he shot wide in the 15th minute.
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