Egypt suffers first defeat under Aguirre

A makeshift Egypt squad succumbed to heat, humidity, and a Nigeria team missing several players of their own in what was manager Javier Aguirre’s first loss in charge.

The Pharaohs conceded in the opening seconds of the match in Asaba, a defensive blunder leading to Paul Onuachu’s scorcher past goalkeeper Mahmoud Genesh.

Egypt controlled the majority of possession but couldn’t muster a single shot on target in the first half.

The second interval provided a few more chances for the visitors, but Onuachu’s goal would hold up for Nigeria’s first win over Egypt since 1990, and their first in six tries.

Aguirre’s first loss as Egypt coach comes in his first friendly match at the team’s helm. His first five matches as manager were 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) qualifiers.

The AFCON group draw will be held April 12 in Giza, where Egypt will host Africa’s showpiece football event for the first time since 2006.

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