The home-based Super Eagles didn’t win their first match of the 2018 Championship of African Nations (CHAN) on Monday, as they had been held Zero-Zero by Rwanda.
The match performed on the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangiers, Morocco was one of many encounters performed in Group C as Libya had earlier defeated Equatorial Guinea Three-Zero.
The stalemate leaves the Super Eagles in joint second place with Rwanda within the group, two factors behind Libya who’re leaders of the group.
It was a irritating night time for the West Africans who noticed the submit and crossbar deny them at least three events.
But excellent saves from Rwanda goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimiye additionally added to their distress.
The home-based Eagles had been the higher facet, dominating possession in each halves however didn’t do a very powerful factor – purpose scoring.
With veteran Rabiu Ali main Nigeria’s onslaughts, teenager Sunday Faleye was unfortunate to see his header from Osas Okoro’s help bounce off the crossbar within the opening minutes with Ndayishimiye fully crushed.
In the 38 minute, Ali wasted a golden alternative to ship Nigeria into the lead, volleying large after the Rwandan goalkeeper had spilled a cross onto his path.
The Amavubi survived one other scare from the Super Eagles 4 minutes earlier than the interval, after an extended drive from Ali got here off the submit with Ndayishimiye crushed but once more.
The second half resumed on the identical tempo with Rwanda coming into the image following the introduction of nimble footed AS Kigali midfielder Savio Nshuti.
In the 78 minute, the upright got here to the rescue of Amavubi for the third time after substitute Ibrahim Mustapha’s header from an Ali nook kick hit the submit to the aid of Rwanda.
Nigeria subsequent face Libya on Thursday, whereas Rwanda battle Equatorial Guinea.
The championship which started on Saturday is predicted to finish on Feb. four.