The Super Eagles defeated the Pharaohs of Egypt 1-0 on Tuesday in the opening game of Group D at the 2021 AFCON in Cameroon.
A Kelechi Iheanacho volley in the 30th minute helped the Nigeria defeat a rather spineless Egypt which fielded star player Mohamed Salah.
But for lack of composure in the final third the Super Eagles should have won the game by a larger margin.
Standing on a spot, Iheanacho slotted home a delightful pass from Joe Aribo to give the Eagles a first-half lead. The scoreline would remain the same until full time.
Twice in the game referee Bakary Gassama had to change the football for lack of quality.
Nigeria will play Sudan next on Saturday, January 15. Victory will guarantee the Super Eagles entry into the next round.