Athletics News of Saturday, 22 June 2019
A few-time winners and 2013 champions Nigeria edged earlier event debutants Burundi at the Africa Cup of Nations.
Next 50 percent substitute Odion Ighalo scored the only aim following 77 minutes in Alexandria with a curled end previous Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana.
Burundi – the lowest-rated aspect at the match – experienced struck the crossbar in the first fifty percent by defender Frederic Nsabiyumva’s looping header.
Guinea facial area Madagascar in the other Team B match later on Saturday.
FC Midtjylland striker Paul Onuachu had Nigeria’s initial actual prospect on target right after 12 minutes as his header pressured Burundi goalkeeper Jonathan Nahimana in to motion.
Burundi, 134th in the planet standings, remained unfazed and Cedric Amissi’s shut-range shot required a very good help you save from Nigeria’s Daniel Akpeyi.
Arsenal’s Alex Iwobi and Villarreal 20-calendar year-previous Samuel Chukwueze provided the Super Eagles’ most important attacking menace, but Gernot Rohr’s side were being frustrated by a resolute and organised Burundi aspect – captained by Stoke Metropolis striker Saido Berahino – till Ighalo’s introduction.
The Shanghai Greenland Shenhua striker, previously of Watford, produced a quality complete just four minutes right after moving into the discipline, adhering to Ola Aina’s pleasant again-heeled go.
Nigeria ended up with out striker Samuel Kalu, who experienced been taken to medical center right after suffering from “significant dehydration” in coaching on Friday – a working day immediately after players’ union Fifpro had identified as for the tournament organisers to boost their prepared amount of warmth breaks from two to 4 for each match.
The Tremendous Eagles now face Guinea on Wednesday (15:30 BST), even though Burundi just take on fellow debutants Madagascar on Thursday (15:30).