The second true heavyweight match of the 2022 Africa Cup of Nations comes our way as Nigeria takes on Egypt to begin Group D play.
After Monday’s game between Morocco and Ghana saw the Atlas Lions come away with a 1-0 victory, today we’re treated to another matchup of title contenders. The match kicks off at 11 a.m. ET from Roumde Adjia Stadium in Garoua, Cameroon.
Liverpool superstar Mohamed Salah leads the way for Egypt, but he has stiff star-powered competition on the other side as Nigeria boasts Leicester City duo Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi.
While both teams are expected to progress from Group D no matter today’s result, a potential winner would set themselves up nicely for a better Round of 16 matchup and a deep run deep in the tournament, while the loser could feel added pressure in its other group stage matches against Guinea-Bissau and Sudan.
Sporting News will be following the event live and providing score updates, commentary and highlights as they happen.
Nigeria vs. Egypt live score
(All times Eastern)
10:08 a.m.: Mohamed Salah has just one target for AFCON 2022.
10:01 a.m.: Lineups are in, and most of the stars for both teams start, although Nigeria has left Ahmed Musa and Alex Iwobi on the bench. See the full lineups and substitutes below.
9:33 a.m.: Nigerian legend Ahmed Musa, who boasts 102 caps and 16 international goals, is set to begin his final Africa Cup of Nations tournament. He was a central figure in the team’s AFCON 2013 tournament title and captained the side during the 2019 tournament when Nigeria reached the semifinals before losing to eventual champions Algeria.
9:25 a.m.: Egypt head coach Carlos Queiroz doesn’t like to discuss specific formations, and prefers to remain flexible. We’ll see how much fluiditiy there is today against Nigeria.
Nigeria vs. Egypt lineups
Several of Nigeria’s stars play in the top leagues in Europe, which will make the Super Eagles a tough out for Egypt.
Expected to deploy a 3-CB formation as Augustine Eguavoen has done previously, he has reverted to a more traditional 4-4-2, with Iheanacho up front. Surprisingly, Everton’s Alex Iwobi starts the match on the bench, as does Nigerian legend Ahmed Musa.
Nigeria starting lineup (4-4-2): Okoye – Aina, Omeruo, Ekong, Zaidu – Chukwueze, Ndidi, Aribo, Simon – Iheanacho, Awoniyi.
Nigeria subs (12): Onyekuru, Ejuke, Iwobi, Musa, Sadiq, Nwakali, Onyeka, Ebuehi, Ajayi, Ndah, Akepyi, Uzoho.
For Egypt, Premier League stars Mohamed Salah and Mohamed Elneny both get the start, as does Aston Villa playmaker Trezeguet. It’s a strong lineup for Egypt, with the well-known players supporting Stuttgart youngster Omar Marmoush and Galatasaray striker Mostafa Mohamed up front.
While the lineup features many of Egypt’s best players, there was significant rotation during recent CAF World Cup qualifying in the fall, meaning there could be signs of unfamiliarity on the pitch.
Egypt starting lineup (4-2-3-1): El-Shenawy – Fetouh, El-Wensh, Hegazi, Akram – Hamdi, Elneny – Salah, Trezeguet, Marmoush – Mostafa.
Egypt subs (12): Sherif, Ashour, Lasheen, Sobhi, El Said, Zizo, Kamal, Abdelmoneim, El-Din, Ashraf, Gad, Sobhi.
How to watch Nigeria vs. Egypt
The match will be carried live on beIN Sports primary English- and Spanish-language channels in the USA and Canada.
Pre-match betting lines, picks & predictions
Pick: Draw & over 1.5 (+380)
Prediction: Nigeria 1-1 Egypt
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