The AS Roma striker, Mohammed Salah scored in stoppage time to rescue Egypt from defeat as they drew 1-1 in their third Africa Cup of Nations qualifying game against Nigeria.
The match played on Friday at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna saw former under-23 star, Etebo Oghenekaro slotted past goalkeeper Ahmed El-Shennawi to give Coach Samson Siasia’s side a deserved lead against the Pharaohs who were dogged in defence.
Manchester City young star, Kelechi Iheanacho hit the crossbar with a fierce shot before the Warri Wolves midfielder tuck home the rebound to North Africans’ dismay.
Nigeria thought they had won the game in the 90th minute when Salah beat the offside trap to fire past impressive Carl Ikeme to save Hector Cuper’s side from defeat.
With the result, the Super Eagles continue to trail Group G leaders Pharaohs by two points, while Tanzania are back up to third in the table, three points adrift Egypt in the race to Gabon 2017 Africa Cup of Nation.
Only the top two teams from each group are guaranteed progress to the next round in the race to reach Gabon.
Other Africa Cup of Nations 2017 qualifiers results
Ivory Coast moved to the top of Group I thanks to a 1-0 win over Sudan.
Gervinho, who captained the side in the absence of the injured Yaya Toure, scored the winner on 34 minutes.
Gabon beat Sierra Leone in the group’s other match.
However, the points from that match do not count because Gabon are hosts of the 2017 tournament and their group games are classified as friendlies.
Youssef Msakni struck the only goal of the game to give Tunisia a 1-0 home win over Togo.
The decisive strike came two minutes after the interval and the result lifted Tunisia to the top of the Group A table, taking over from Togo on goal difference.
In Group M, Mauritania beat The Gambia 2-1 thanks to a brace by Cheikh Moulaye Khalil.
Mustapha Carayol equalised for visitors The Gambia on the hour mark, cancelling out Khalil’s 36th-minute opener.
But Khalil grabbed his second in injury time to give Mauritania three points, which lifts them level with leaders Cameroon.
Swaziland and Zimbabwe played out a 1-1 draw in Group L.
The result means Swaziland remain top of the table from Zimbabwe.
Both sides have five points but Swaziland have scored one more goal than their rivals.
In the group’s other game Guinea and Malawi played out a goalless draw, neither side able to make up any ground on the teams above them – they remain three points off the pace.