Hello and welcome to The Athletic’s live coverage of this afternoon’s heavyweight clash at the Africa Cup of Nations between Nigeria and Egypt.
No team has won more AFCON titles than Egypt with seven, while Nigeria can offer their own four, with the most recent coming in 2013.
Egypt reached the final in 2017, but isn’t much anticipated this time around – although with arguably the best player in the world in their XI, they are still a real danger. Mohammed Salah was not part of the Egyptian squad in the late 2000s that won three tournaments in a row – and will be desperate to secure his country its first title since 2010.
The Nigerian team may have less star talent than Egypt, but they still have real depth. Premier League talent is represented by players such as Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfred Ndidi of Leicester, as well as Alex Iwobi of Everton.
The Nigerian side suffered a heavy blow ahead of the tournament when Watford’s form striker Emmanuel Dennis was sent off on administrative grounds. A late email from the Nigerian federation meant Watford could block his appeal. Napoli’s Victor Osimhen was also forced to step down after failing to recover from a broken face.
Two Egyptian players – goalkeeper Mohamed Abo-Gabal and winger Ibrahim Adel – are absent with COVID-19 while left-back Mohamed Hamdi is absent with a knee injury.
Nigeria vs Egypt Channel
In the UK, the game will stream on Sky Sports Premier League, Football and Main Event, as well as the Sky Go app.
In the United States, you can find coverage on Fanatiz or beIN Sports.
Kick-off time Nigeria vs Egypt
The match will start at 4:00 p.m. UK time, which is 11:00 a.m.ET in the US.
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