Tanzania hold Nigeria in Group G
It was Sunday Oliseh’s first game in charge of the Nigerian national team as the former Juventus, Ajax, Dortmund player & ex-Nigeria captain handed debuts to Ikeme, Amkar Perm midfielder Izunna Uzochukwu and FC Ufa striker Sylvester Igboun, who came on for Haruna Lukman in the 35th minute.
The first real chance of the game fell to Emmanuel Emenike in the 1oth minute, but the Al Ain striker headed just wide off a Moses Simon free-kick.
Carl Ikeme, in for the absent Vincent Enyeama, was the main man for the visitors after a lacklustre display from Oliseh’s men. The Wolves keeper kept the Eagles in the game with fantastic saves throughout the match, tipping over Samatta’s ferocious free-kick in the 21st minute.
Nigeria came alive in the 2nd half with star player Ahmed Musa causing havoc on the flanks but to no avail.
Mrisho Ngasa should have put the Taifa Stars ahead in the 64th minute, but under no pressure, he blasted his close-range header wide with Ikeme hapless.
Esperance’s Emem Eduok & Werder Bremen’s Anthony Ujah were brought on, but Tanzania held firm with a fantastic & improved performance – after losing 0-3 to Egypt in Cairo – to earn a point.
Nigeria are top of Group G with 4 points but Egypt will look to take control of the group as they take on Chad away on Sunday to double their current 3-point tally.
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