Super Eagles winger Moses Simon has ended the participation of Egyptian defender Akram Tawfik in the ongoing Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon.
Report from Egyptian Journalist Ahmad Gamal Ali of Kingfut.com stated that the Egyptian Football Association have officially issued a statement confirming that Tawfik is out of the AFCON 2021 due to cruciate ligament.
Akram by virtue of his right-back position had the responsibility of stopping Moses, but he only lasted for seven minutes after Moses drilled him on the left-flank in close-marking manner that led to the defender securing injury.
Sports Intelligence Magazine confirming the report quoted the story in part which states that:
Egyptian Football Association have officially revealed the results of medical examinations Akram Tawfik and Ahmed Fatouh underwent after Nigeria game
After the match, both players underwent medical examinations, and the official results were posted by the EFA.
Akram Tawfik’s tournament has ended as the player is suffering a long-term injury, tearing his anterior cruciate ligament.
Fetouh’s situation is better, the left-back has quadriceps strain that will prevent him from participating in Guinea-Bissau game, but he will be fit to continue the journey with the Pharaohs.
Tawfik was substituted in the 12th minutes after he secured injury following close marking on Moses who enjoyed himself from Coach Eguavoen’s tactical return of the flank play.
Perhaps, Moses was trying to impress head coach Austin Eguavoen and Nigerians on his skills, but his skills did not just make the Pharaohs lose the match, they also lost Akram Tawfik who will be out of the tournament due to injury.