Olawale Ajimotokan in Abuja
Nigeria’s chances of reaching the Africa Cup of Nations Cup next year are on the cliff hanger after the Super Eagles drew 1-1 with Egypt.
A late equalizer by Muhammad Salah poisoned the atmosphere for the Nigerian fans.
The intense and lively match was played amid security breaches following over-crowding resulting from the gates being thrown open.
Etebo Oghenekaro put Nigeria in the lead on the 62 minute when he scrambled home a Kelechi Iheanacho shot that rebounded off the post.
The Eagles pressed and should have wrapped up the March as result of the bucket of chances they created.
Ahmed Musa’s shot in the 78 minute was deflected by keeper El Shennawy, while late into the contest, Victor Moses dribbled the keeper, had his sight on goal after a brilliant Alex Iwobi pass, but his shot was cleared on the line by an Egyptian defender.
Salah scored a stoppage time equalizer that caused a pin silence in the Ahmadu Bello stadium. This led to some fans walking out.
Egypt is now on top of Group G with seven points while Nigeria is second on five points.
Coach Samson Siasia attributed the result to lack of concentration.
He said Nigeria could have won the game if they scored a second goal.
Siasia said the principle of fair play was disregarded by the referee as play was allowed when a Nigerian player was down injured.
He said the Eagles must get their acts together for the trip to Egypt next week Wednesday.
Team Captain Mikel Obi alleged robbery against Nigeria and echoed Siasia’s position that the referee failed to observe fair play.
He said Nigeria stands a chance of beating Egypt in Alexandra considering the way they played.