How We Defeated Egypt - Eguavoen

By Ibrahim Taiwo, The Nigerian Voice Sports
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Super Eagles interim coach Augustine Eguavoen has opened up on how the team recorded a 1-0 victory over Egypt.

Kelechi Iheanacho's strike was the difference in the Group D opener on Tuesday as the Super Eagles impressed to stun the Pharaohs.

"The reception has been great since we arrived in Garoua, it has been an interesting AFCON from the first game.

"We know the strength of our players, we know Ejuke is good from the left side, and it was impossible to substitute Simon, it was a tactical change and Ejuke had chances to finish the game. For Umar, maybe first time in such a big stage, he gave me some excuses after the game and we will talk to him later.

Eguavoen also revealed the instructions he gave his players on how to stop Mohammed Salah.

'Salah is one of the best players in the world, the strategy wasn't a specific marker, but we instructed the players to close him down at any time and they must be a second player behind the marker.

The same set of players, every coach have their style, philosophy and leadership. I told the players to see me as their brother and father, my assistant I called them my colleagues. We have a path towards the same direction, we have the privilege to serve the country and we must always give our best"

The Super Eagles will be back in action against Sudan on Saturday.