The Nigerian Super Eagles have been denied the chance of going top on the standings in Group G of the 2017 AFCON Qualifiers after they were forced to a 1-1 draw by the Pharaohs of Egypt.
At the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna on Friday, Oghenekaro Etebo got the only goal for Nigeria on the hour-mark after a goal mouth scramble that finally broke the resilience of the Egyptians who looked very much contented with a draw.
But what was looking like a fair result was overturned when Roma's Mohammed Salah got the equalizer.
The second half comes up in four days' time in Alexandria.
The three-time AFCON winning nation open their AFCON campaign against Burundi on June 22 and will also play Guinea and debutants Madagascar in the group stage.
Nigeria last won the AFCON title in the 2013 tournament held in South Africa.
The tournament has added an extra round since going up to include 24 nations. The top two teams of each of the six groups, along with the best four third-placed teams, advance to the round of 16.