Nigeria vs Senegal: Iheanacho to the rescue

Nigeria’s eagerly awaited friendly match with Senegal ended in a 1-1 draw at The Hive in London. Senegal took the lead through Moussa Sow in the 54th minute before Nigeria equalised with a penalty from Kelechi Iheanacho in the 83rd.

A draw against Africa’s highest ranked team is probably fair. The match was played at a good pace but it felt like both managers were just using it to give the players a run out (Mane didn’t come on until the 63rd minute).

A lot of the attention before the match revolved around the new callups to the team and four of them were in line to win their first cap for the Super Eagles but it was anticlimactic as only Olanrewaju Kayode did so. The trio of Chidozie Awaziem, Tyrone Ebuehi and Noah Sarenren Bazee will now look to do so against Burkina Faso on Monday.

Speaking of Monday and Burkina Faso, it should be interesting to see who gets the captain’s armband. Regular skipper Obi Mikel is still bedding in at his new club and so was not called for these matches, Ahmed Musa shocked quite a few people by resigning his assistant captain position before the match and the other assistant Onazi who ended up leading out the side was substituted after he picked up an injury.

Read: Nigeria v Senegal: Musa turns down Super Eagles armband

The match report is not as detailed as it could be, most Nigerians (including me) had to watch it on Facebook Live with some kind souls streaming live from the stadium, however, watching a match off the iPhone of someone seated in the stands is not exactly conducive to making analyses. News coming from the Nigerian Football Federation is that no TV station picked up the rights to broadcast.

I wonder why they did not just broadcast it themselves, there are so many platforms on which they might have done it. The fans don’t have to go without watching because you could not get paid. Just saying.

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