The Super Eagles of Nigeria began their race for the 2013 nation’s cup on a not too impressive note as they barely held Rwanda to a goalless draw in the first leg qualifier for 2013 Africa cup of nations in Kigali.
Expectations were high for the Eagles which comprised a blend of foreign and home based players, but the home team created more chances and should have gotten a result against their more illustrious foes but for some saves and poor finishing.
Some resolute defending by the team’s skipper, Joseph Yobo, who was winning a record 87th international cap with the national team, also saved the team from a defeat.
West Brom striker, Osaze odemwingie had a chance to put Nigeria ahead but fired wide just five minutes into the game.
In the second half, the Eagles created very little chances upfront, which made the coach, Stephen Keshi, pull out Odemwingie and Ahmed Musa for Ikechukwu Uche and Wigan winger Victor Moses, who made his debut for Nigeria.
After 60 minutes of play, substitute Uche saw his effort ruled out by the South African referee for offside.
In other results, from the 2013 Nation’s cup qualifiers played today, Madagascar were spanked four goals to nil at home by visiting Cape Verde. Burundi also lost at home to Zimbabwe.
Ethiopia were forced to a goalless draw by Benin republic, Tanzania and Mozambique played out a 1 all draw while DR Congo were three nill victors away to Seychelles.
At a glance:
Nigeria 0-0 Rwanda
Madagascar 0-4 Cape Verde
Ethiopia 0-0 Benin republic
Tanzania 1-1 Mozambique
Seychelles 3-0 DR Congo
Burundi also lost at home to Zimbabwe