NIGERIA HELD BY EGYPT

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Nigeria are walking a tight rope to qualify for next year’s Africa Cup of Nations in Gabon after they were held to a 1-1 draw by Egypt on Friday in a crucial qualifying game in the northern Nigerian town of Kaduna. The draw meant Egypt stay on top of Group G with seven points from three matches and host Nigeria in a reverse fixture in Alexandria on Tuesday.

Nigeria are second with five points with Tanzania on four points. Only the overall group winners are guaranteed automatic passage to the final tournament in Gabon. Oghenekaro Etebo put Nigeria ahead on the hour, when he scrambled home off a rebound after Kelechi Iheanacho’s sizzler came off the post.

However, in stoppage time, Mohammed Salah broke an offside trap by the home team to draw Egypt level.

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