Jesus Owono Denies Wasteful Super Eagles Victory As Black Stars Loses To Cape Verde

Jesus Owono Denies Wasteful Super Eagles Victory As Black Stars Loses To Cape Verde

.... Salah Saves Egypt From Shocking Defeat In Their Opener Against Mozambique.

By Olopade Sakiru 

The Super Eagles, on Sunday, started their nation's cup campaign on a shaky note, drawing 1--1 against Equatorial Guinea in their first game of the 2023 African cup of nations in Ivory Coast.

The Jose Peseiro men went into the game with a lot of confidence, enjoying possession but against the run of play, in the 37th minute, Iban Salvador 's strike went pass Stanley Nwabali who was motionless for the first goal of the encounter.
However, the lead lasted just two minutes when Napoli forward, Victor Osimhen headed home a pull out from the left flank for the equalizer.

The Super Eagles bombarded the Guinean's goal area but the net minder of the Guineans, Jesus Owono was like a rock of Gibraltar , denying Super Eagles  attackers from scoring the winning goal. His outstanding performance earned him man of the match.
What could have been the second goal for Nigeria was wasted by Victor Osimhen in the 75th

The Super Eagles will on Thursday, engage the host country in a crucial game and further challenge Guinea Bissau in the last group game.

In the meantime, in another African cup of nation game, Garry Rodriguez scored a dramatic stoppage time winner as Cape Verde stunned four-time champions, Ghana by 2--1.

Jamiro Monteiro opened scoring for Cape Verde in the 17th minute, tucking the ball into the net from a close range, after the Ghanians goalkeeper, Richard Ofoi had parried Garry Rodriguez's shot.

However, 11th minute in the second half, Ghana, through Alexander Djiku restored parity but Cape Verde went on to win the encounter, thereby creating an upset.
At Felix Houphouet Boigny stadium, Mohammed Salah's 97th minute rescued Egypt against Mozambique from another shocking defeat. The goal which ended the game in a 2--2 draw, denying Mozambique the first African cup of nation win.

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