24 March 2017
The Super Eagles of Nigeria rallied from a goal down to hold the Teranga Lions of Senegal to a 1 – 1 draw in an international friendly game held at the Hive stadium, London on Thursday Night.
A late minute penalty converted by Manchester City forward, Kelechi Iheanacho cancelled out Moussa Sow’s 54th minute strike as the Super Eagles maintained their unbeaten run under Coach Gernot Rohr.
Ex-Flying Eagles goalkeeper, Daniel Akpeyi stood in for injured Karl Ikeme in goal ahead of Ikechukwu Ezenwa of FC Ifeanyi Uba and newly invited Tope Okeowo.
In the defence, Coach Gernot Rohr maintained a familiar line-up of the quartet of Kenneth Omeruo, Elderson Echiejile, William Troost-Ekong and Leon Balogun.
Selected as the Captain on the night, Ogenyi Onazi was partnered in midfield by Leicester City midfielder, Wilfried Ndidi. In attack were Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Ahmed Musa and Moses Simon.
Nigeria started the match on a promising note and dominated the encounter in the early stages before captain, Ogenyi Onazi was substituted in the 24th minute for John Ogu due to a slight back injury.
The duo of Kelechi Iheanacho and Ahmed Musa missed clear chances in the first half while Idrissa Gueye also came close for the Senegalese.
Fenerbahce forward, Moussa Sow broke the deadlock in the 54th minute to put Senegal in the lead when he finished off a ring wing cross from Everton midfielder Idrissa Gueye.
Super Eagles made two changes on the hour mark. Oghenekaro Etebo and Isaac Success replaced Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon while Liverpool Forward, Sadio Mane came on for Senegal.
A few minutes later, Senegal’s Moussa Sow was replaced by Diedhiou Famara after sustaining injury while Olanrewaju Kayode replaced Ahmed Musa for Nigeria’s fourth substitution.
The Super Eagles leveled up in the 82nd minute after Kelechi Iheanacho scored from a spot kick.
The Manchester City forward was hacked down in the box for a penalty, which he stepped up to convert. It was his fifth goal in eight senior appearances for the Super Eagles.
The draw means Coach Gernot Rohr is yet to taste defeat in four games in charge of the Super Eagles and Nigeria remains unbeaten in their last 6 matches.
FK Austria Wien forward, Olanrewaju Kayode and Watford FC striker, Isaac Success are the two Super Eagles players who made their senior debuts on the night.
Former Youth Internationals; Olanrewaju was a member of the Nigerian team at the 2009 FIFA U-17 World Cup hosted by Nigeria while Isaac Success was the Vice-Captain of the victorious Golden Eaglet team at the 2013 U-17 World Cup in UAE.
Nigeria will take on the Stallions of Burkina Faso on Monday in another international friendly.
Author: Timilehin Boyinde
Oluwatimilehin Boyinde is a research writer and a social media strategist. A public affairs analyst, he writes about history, politics, sports, life matters and technology. He is passionate about happenings in Local and international political arenas. He is an avid Manchester United fan and an unapologetic Nigerian.