INT’L FRIENDLY: Eagle’s Debutant Onuachu Screamer Humbles The Pharoahs in Asaba

 

The Super Eagles on Tuesday defeated the Pharaoh’s of Egypt 1-0 in an international friendly played at the packed Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba.

FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu, who was making his first start for the Eagles, sent the home fans into wild celebrations as early as the 10 seconds of the encounter, when he beat his marker before unleashing a ferocious volley that beat the Egyptian goalkeeper for the only goal of the encounter.

It was one of the fastest goals that will go into football history.

The Egyptians mounted sustained attacks on the Nigerian defence, but were kept at bay by the duo of Ekong and Leon Balogun.
In a post-match media conference, Egyptian coach, Javier Aguirre applauded the performance of his team even in defeat.

“We played good football today, and I must commend my players though we lost to Nigeria.

“We will take the positives from this friendly back home, as we continue to prepare our team for the AFCON.

He said the absence of Mohammed Salah, Africa’s footballer of the year, was not felt by the team, as there were other great young players.

On his part, Nigerian coach, Gernot Rohr said the game was a great match for both teams, as they continue their preparations for the AFCON.

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