Nigeria have failed to break through against a resilient Guinea in a Group B Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) match at the Alexandria Stadium, reports Futbalgalore.com.
There was a nervy start for Super Eagles goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi who only succeeded in spilling Ibrahima Cisse’s shot from range. He was bailed out by his defence who cleared from danger in the sixth minute.
Nigeria turned up the heat down the wings in the blazing conditions. Moments after Alex Iwobi skinned his man, Ahmed Musa weaved his way into a dangerous area before teeing up Odion Ighalo who failed to convert from close range.
Chances continued to come at either end of the pitch as Wilfred Ndidi sent his header attempt from a corner-kick inches over the crossbar.
Following what was an exhilarating start, things calmed down in terms of goal scoring chances with both teams struggling to find their man. There was plenty of niggle to add – understandable with lots on the line.
In the 23rd minute, Guinea striker François Kamano fired his free-kick attempt inches over the crossbar following a foul by Moses Simon.
Guinea defender Simon Falette was booked following a crunching challenge on Ighalo.
Iwobi found his range from range, but Aly Kieta was up to the task. The resultant corner-kick came to nothing.
Eagles striker Ighalo beat the offside trap before firing his shot into the side-netting. Musa was calling for the ball, but the forward decided to go for goal himself from a more acute angle.
Nigeria: Akpeyi; Aina, Balogun, Awaziem, Omeruo, Ndidi, Etebo, Musa, Ighalo, Simon, Iwobi.
Guinea: Kone; Sylla, Seka, Simon, Dyrestam, Diawara, N.Keita, Cisse, Kamano, Traore, Kaba.