Ejuke, Dessers debut as Nigeria and Tunisia settle for 1-1 in Austria.
Ejuke, Dessers debut as Nigeria and Tunisia settle for 1-1 draw in Austria.
There was little to choose between two squads of Eagles from the African continent as Nigeria and Tunisia ended their friendly game in Austria in a 1-1 draw on Tuesday night,
Even as Coach Gernot Rohr handed first caps to two more players – Cyril Dessers and Chidera Ejuke.
Captain Ahmed Musa started a game for the first time in a long time
one of five changes that Rohr made to the team that started against the African champions in Klagenfurt on Friday.
Kenneth Omeruo was back at the heart of the defense and Moses Simon took the place of Samuel Kalu, while Kevin Akpoguma took over at right-back consigning Tyronne Ebuehi to the bench.
The second half was no less interesting.
Iheanacho rose to meet the ball from a corner but headed narrowly over, and at the other end, Drajer side-netted.
Musa, on his 93rd senior cap for Nigeria, looked good to put Nigeria ahead in the 67th minute but he lacked the pace to meet up with a good pass from Iheanacho.
Both teams showed grit and intention, with some eye-catching touches, good marking, adroit use of space, and some individual brilliance.
On the dot of time, the Carthage Eagles came quite close to nicking it, but Okoye, winning only his third cap for Nigeria, was alert enough to tip over the bar a tricky lob by Naim Sliti.