The Pharaohs of Egypt who are Nigeria’s next opponent in the qualifying series of the 2017 AFCON suffered a shock 0-1 loss at home to Jordan on Wednesday night.
Though missing their foreign-based players, the Egyptians were quite wasteful as they slumped to their second defeat under veteran coach Hector Cuper.
The rare presence of fans at the Upper Egyptian city of Aswan after a lengthy crowd ban in domestic football could not even spur a lethargic Egypt side in the first quarter of an hour until Jordan scored what proved to be the winner on 19 minutes.
A free kick from Mohammad Al-Dmeiri was not properly cleared and the ball fell to the unmarked Ahmed Samir to fire home from close range.
Egypt squandered a slew of chances afterwards to lose one of two matches arranged as part of the team’s preparations for two crucial African Cup of Nations qualifying games against Nigeria in March. They next face Libya on Friday.
Egypt are on top of Group G of the Nations Cup qualifiers with maximum six points from wins over Tanzania and Chad. Nigeria are second on four points.
Egypt are bidding to reach next year’s Gabon finals for the first time since winning the last of their record seven titles in 2010.