BENGUELA - Nigeria coach Shuaibu Amodu faces a very uncertain future and he might miss out on another World Cup unless they bounce back from their opening Africa Cup of Nations (Afcon) loss to Egypt and at least progress to the semifinals.
On Tuesday, the Super Eagles fell 3-1 to the Pharaohs, who were missing several key stars.
"We had the chance to wrap up this match in the first half because we controlled the game and created many chances but we could only score one goal," lamented the embattled Amodu, who was fired in 2002 after Nigeria failed to reach the final of the Afcon in Mali.
"Again, we were careless to concede two goals. That was a devastating blow for us."
The Eagles barely made it to the quarterfinals of Ghana 2008 after they beat Benin 2-0 in their final group game.
They had lost their opening match to Ivory Coast, before they were held to a draw by Mali.
But as was the case two years ago in Ghana, defending champions Egypt have got off to a winning start in defence of their crown. In 2008, Egypt spanked another highly rated team, Cameroon, in Kumasi on their way to a record sixth Afcon triumph. The defending champions are in Angola without Mohamed Aboutrika, Mohamed Barakat, Amr Zaki and Mido, yet coach Hassan Shehata and his team silenced their critics with their victory.
Durable skipper Ahmed Hassan, who scored one of the goals and assisted in Emad Motaeb's equaliser, rolled back the years to stay on course for his fourth Afcon winners' medal.
The Al Ahly midfield star was voted man of the match. - Sapa -AFP