Sunday Oliseh has praised the Super Eagles performance against Egypt.
The former Super Eagles midfielder picked out Moses Simon as his man-of-the-match.
The Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) kicked off on January 9, but the matches have been uninspiring. The displays have been at best patchy, with the minnows holding their own against the top dogs. Criticisms have trailed the performance of most of the teams as the favourites have struggled to lay down the marker.
The Super Eagles played seven-time winners Egypt on the back of the lacklustre performances. The Nigerians served up what turned out to be a breath of fresh air. The Super Eagles have earned praise for their performance against Egypt. Sunday Oliseh is one of the many people impressed with their performance.
Oliseh declares Super Eagles win over Egypt best of the tournament so far
The opening games of the Africa Cup of Nations 2021 have been uninspiring, but the Super Eagles changed all that when they took on Egypt.
Former Super Eagles midfielder and captain Sunday Oliseh was gushing at the performance of the Super Eagles against highly rated Egypt.
Kelechi Iheanacho scored the only goal of the game when Nigeria and Egypt clashed in a Group D match at the Stade Omnisport de Garoua. Oliseh was pleased with how the team set up and executed their plan. According to the former Ajax and Borussia Dortmund midfielder, the Super Eagles were technically, tactically, physically, mentally better than the Pharaohs.
Oliseh opined, the Super Eagles completely dominated the Egyptians.
Commenting on his Twitter handle, Oliseh praised the team saying, it was their best performance in recent years. Kelechi Iheanacho received the man-of-the-match award, but Oliseh believes it should have gone to Moses Simon, who was a constant pain in the neck for the Egyptians.
Super Eagles soar over their problems
Before the AFCON, nobody gave the Super Eagles much of a chance, with many expecting a Mo Salah led Egypt to hand the West African side a humbling. Chaos had trailed the preparations of the Super Eagles for the tournament.
The Nigeria Football Federation (NFF) were the chief architect in the chaos in the team. Barely a month to the commencement of AFCON, the Super Eagles manager Gernot Rohr was fired, with Augustine Eguavoen installed as the new manager in an interim capacity. All hopes of Eguavoen retaining the job permanently was doused when the NFF announced the appointment of Jose Peseiro as the new manager to take over after AFCON.
The Super Eagles were also hit by a rash of withdrawals. Victor Osimhen pulled out after a running battle with his club Napoli over his fitness. The late arrival of invitations for Odion Ighalo and Emmanuel Dennis saw their clubs oppose their participation. Paul Onuachu, defenders Leon Balogun and Abdullahi Shehu were all knocked out by injury.
Despite the absences, the Super Eagles were able to soar above the Pharaohs, receiving praise from all corners.
Augustine Eguavoen has dismissed the notion that Egypt is a weak side. A side that has Mohamed Salah, Trézéguet, Mohamed El Shenawy, Mohamed Elneny, Hamdi Fathi and coached by ex-SA, Real Madrid and Portugal boss Carlos Queiroz is anything but weak.
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