Egypt’s heatmap against Nigeria shows damning lack of attack in bizarre ‘5-5-0 formation’ despite having Salah in team


EGYPT left fans astonished after seemingly playing a 5-5-0 formation for their AFCON opener against Nigeria.

The Pharaohs, one of the pre-tournament favourites in Cameroon, slipped to a 1-0 defeat at the Roumde Adjia Stadium.

Egypt, shooting from right to left, saw little action in the final third

Egypt, shooting from right to left, saw little action in the final third
Mohamed Salah seemed to start as centre-forward for Egypt despite broadcasters hinting at a bizarre 5-5-0 formation but was unable to have much impact

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Mohamed Salah seemed to start as centre-forward for Egypt despite broadcasters hinting at a bizarre 5-5-0 formation but was unable to have much impactCredit: AFP
Nigeria, shooting from left to right, looked far more dangerous in attack
Nigeria, shooting from left to…



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