Nigeria vs Egypt in the AFCON 2021 group B match is a game too soon for the feast of African football.
Both sides face a stern test of character at the 30,000 –capacity Stade Roumdé Adjia in the northern Cameroonian town of Garoua.
The kick-off for Nigeria Vs Egypt is 5 pm Nigerian time.
AFCON 2021: Head to Head
The Pharaohs of Egypt has won two times, while Nigeria has won three times with a game drawn.
The barren draw happened in 1994, as both teams battled to a scoreless draw at the Stade Chadli Zouiten in Tunis.
Eguavoen, who leads Nigeria from the bench on Tuesday, was involved in that cagey affair in the cold of central Tunis but envisages that there will be nothing of such about Tuesday’s game in the sunny atmosphere of Stade Roumdé Adjia.
“I look forward to an interesting game between two ambitious teams. 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. The Egyptians are a strong team and will come with a lot of confidence and steam, but we will also be going to the field with a lot of confidence and steam. It is going to be an interesting evening.”
Nigeria Vs Egypt: The Quotes
However, the Egyptian counterpart, Carlos Quieroz, will be facing Nigeria for the second time.
Queiroz, in 2014, led his Iranian team to a 0-0 result against Nigeria at the 2014 FIFA world cup in Brazil.
“It’s a great pleasure to face Nigeria in the opening game. We want to face the strongest teams in the tournament,” Queiroz said in his pre-match press conference.
“Nigeria is a very strong team, but we have no objections. It’s always good to compete against football giants.
“Both teams have good players. They have the chance to win. We will do our best to win tomorrow,”
Before the press conference, Ahmed Musa pointed out that Nigeria has a talented team, while Egypt only depends on Salah.
Salah, in his response, is playing mind games before the clash.
“I don’t think there is a need to reply to him because he is someone I respect so much. Super Eagles have a good team, but we would do our best to defeat them”.
Overall, in head-to-head stats, Nigeria vs Egypt have met in 18 matches across all competitions since 1960.
The Super Eagles claiming eight wins compared to five for the Pharaohs, while five games are draws.
They both last face-off in an international friendly in March 2019, with Nigeria claiming a 1-0 win, courtesy of a Paul Onuachu goal in Asaba.