It was a good start for the Nigeria Super Eagles in group D when it piped the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 in the opening game of the African Cup of Nations.
Kelechi Iheanacho was on song for the Eagles in the 6th minutes of the tension soaked encounter when he netted in the opener.
The Pharaohs on resumption attempted to even score with the Eagles but the defense team led by Ekong proved a hard nut to crack for the Mohammed Sallah led attack to penetrate.
Alex Iwobi came in, in the 89th minutes to replace Moses Simon.
Substitute Ejike almost made it two for the Eagles in the dying minutes of the match but his shot was deflected for a corner kick.
It was a sweet victory for the Eagles as the Egyptian has remained unbeaten since 2004.
The Austin Aeguavoen led team may have displaced the Egypt who’s on top in FIFA ratings in Africa.