HT: Injury mars Super Eagles first half display as Burundi hold firm

The Super Eagles of Nigeria have been dealt a blow after one of their top defenders picked up an injury in their Group B clash against Burundi at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

Abdullahi Shehu, who started in the right back position for the Super Eagles on Saturday, was substituted before the end of the first half after picking up an injury. The Nigerian defender is peculiar for picking injuries as he spent a large part of the concluded season on the sidelines due to injury. He made 13 appearances for his club and scored one goal.

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The Super Eagles were exciting in attack in the first half against Burundi as Iwobi and Chukwueze created chances for Onuachu who played the striker’s role. The lanky striker got a couple of headers on goal forcing the Burundi goalkeeper to make important saves. Etebo and Ndidi also pulled the strings in midfield to ensure that the Nigerians dictated the pace of the game.

While the Nigerians were great going forward, they failed to find a goal in the first half. The Swallows of Burundi were not able to create a lot of chances but Abdulrazak’s volley just in front of the 6-yard box forced Akpeyi to make a save at point-blank range. The Nigerian goalkeeper looked shaky on the ball and Burundi forwards continued to pressure him.

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While Nigerians can be proud of the Super Eagles’ displays, Shehu’s injury would cause a worry following Samuel Kalu’s collapse yesterday. The Bordeaux forward was treated at a hospital in Egypt and has been declared stable. However, reports suggest that he might be dropped from the competition and replaced by Kelechi Iheanacho who has been put on standby.