Nigeria becomes first nation to qualify for AFCON 2019 last 16

Nigeria's defender Kenneth Omeruo (C) celebrates his goal with teammates during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)
Nigeria’s defender Kenneth Omeruo celebrates his goal during the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations (CAN) football match between Nigeria and Guinea at the Alexandria Stadium on June 26 , 2019. (Photo by Giuseppe CACACE / AFP) (Photo credit should read GIUSEPPE CACACE/AFP/Getty Images)

Nigeria became the first nation to qualify for the knockout stages of the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations following a 1-0 win against Guinea on Wednesday at the Alexandria Stadium in Alexandria.

The Super Eagles scored the only goal of the game through Kenneth Omeruo in the 73rd minute.

Omeruo, who was unmarked at the near post, rose high to head the ball past Guinean goalkeeper Ibrahim Kone following Moses Simon’s corner kick.

The three times AFCON champions top the group with six points from two games. On Saturday, Nigeria beat tournament debutants Burundi 1-0.

Guinea, meanwhile, has one point and is third in the group.

The top two nations in each of the six groups advance, along with the four best third-placed countries in the new 24-team format.

The other teams in the group, Burundi and Madagascar, play each other on Thursday.