Kelechi Iheanacho Strike Against Egypt Rated Amongst Top 5 Goals at AFCON 2021

Kelechi Iheanacho Strike Against Egypt Rated Amongst Top 5 Goals at AFCON 2021

Chukwu Ikechukwu
updated at April 12, 2023 at 7:55 PM
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  • Kelechi Iheanacho’s lone goal against Egypt in Nigeria’s opening game of the AFCON against Egypt has been chosen as one of the top goals of the competition.
  • The 24-year-old curled a superb volley beyond Egypt’s goalkeeper Mohamed El Shenawy from 25-yards out to hand the Super Eagles their first win of the tournament
  • The African Cup of Nations witnessed 100 goals scored in the entire competition 52 games played in the competition that was won by Senegal

Kelechi Iheanacho’s goal against the Pharaohs of Egypt has been ranked as one of the best goals of the tournament by football followers.

According to Goal, just a 100 goals were scored in 52 games at the finals, an average of 1.92 goals per game, significantly lower than every year’s mean since the 2004.

Kelechi Iheanacho Strike Against Egypt Rated Amongst Top 5 Goals at AFCON 2021
Kelechi Iheanacho scored Nigeria's opening goal AFCON 2021 after his sublime 25-yard strike hit the roof of the Egyptian net. Photo by Daniel Beloumou Olomo
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Iheanacho’s strike was however included in the top five goals of the tournament despite Nigeria’s early exit from the competition hosted by Cameroon.

After controlling the ball from a headed Joe Aribo pass, the Leicester City striker struck the ball into the top right corner of Mohamed El Shenawy’s goal with minimal backlift to hand Nigeria a 1-0 win.

Achraf Hakimi, Gabadinho Mhango also make top five goal list

Meanwhile, Morocco’s Achraf Hakimi also made the list of top five goals at the just concluded AFCON as free-kick against Malawi was considered a joy to watch.

Tunisia’s Wahbi Khazri’s second effort against Mauritania also ranks amongst the top five goals as the Carthage Eagles captain capped off a sweet counter attacking move to seal a 4-0 win.

Gabadinho Mhango’s 40-yard stunner for Malawi against Morocco in the round of 16 was arguably the best goal in the tournament claims Sports Bible.

Having received possession in the left half-space, the forward turned, advanced with the ball and, despite being under pressure unleashed a powerful drive from around 40 yards into the right corner.

Finally, Dango Ouattara’s sweet goal for Burkina Faso against Tunisia in the round of 16 wraps up the top five goals as he converted a swift counter attacking move to stun the North Africans.

Senegal's Edouard Mendy Names Best Goalkeeper at 2021 AFCON

Earlier, Sports Brief reported Egypt goalkeeper Abou Gabal ‘Gabaski’ should have been named the 2021 AFCON keeper of the tournament says Senegal's Edouard Mendy.

Mendy picked the award instead after he helped his nation to lift the title for the first time in their history.

The Lions of Teranga were crowned champions following an epic penalty shootout with Egypt after the tie ended in a goalless draw during regulation time.

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Chukwu Ikechukwu
Chukwu Ikechukwu Godwin is a journalist with over 9 years of experience in the Nigerian media industry. He has worked both in Radio (Today FM, Rhythm FM, Wish FM) and Television (Silverbird TV) as a Sports Analyst..