AFCON 2021: Nigeria Vs Egypt match preview
By Guardian Exclusive
10 January 2022 | 6:23 pm
Three-time Africa Cup of Nations winner Nigeria and Seven-time champions, Egypt will compete on Tuesday as both sides recognise the value of a strong start in other to lead Group D. Host Dennis Erezi and Guest Analyst Ifeanyi Ibeh preview the match and what to expect.
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