Egypt came from two goals behind to draw 2-2 with Nigeria Wednesday after an African 2016 Olympic Men's Football Tournament qualifying thriller in Senegal. It was the second successive Group B match in which the Nigerians suffered asecond-half defensive meltdown after hanging on for a 3-2 win over Mali last Sunday having led by three goals at half-time.
Oghenekaro Etebo converted two first-half penalties before a capacity 5,000 crowd at Stade Caroline Faye in coastal city M'Bour, 70 kilometres south of the Senegalese capital, Dakar. Ramadan Sobhy halved the deficit two minutes after the break and Chizoba Amaefule deflected a low cross into his net on 51 minutes to square the game.
The draw kept Nigeria and Egypt in contention for semi-finals places with Algeria, 2-0 winners over Mali in the first match of a double-header. Algeria top Nigeria on goal difference with each having four points from two matches before a final-round clash at Stade Leopold Segar Senghor in Dakar on Saturday. Egypt have two points and stay in M'Bour for their last group game against pointless Mali, who cannot reach the knockout stages.
After a lacklustre first half between Algeria and Mali that did not produce a clearcut scoring chance, the north Africans struck twice in the final quarter from left-flank counter-attacks. Zinedine Ferhat broke the deadlock with a far-post tap-in on 73 minutes and Youssef Traore deflected a Zakaria Draoui cross into his net six minutes from time.