Nigeria’s Super Eagles looked flat-footed in a Barren draw against Cape Verde
Nigeria and Cape Verde Islands battled out to a standstill in a pre-Afcon friendly at the Estadio Do Algarve in Faro, Portugal on Wednesday.
Cape Verde Islands started stronger as Nigeria’s goalkeeper, Austin Ejide was made to keep out two quick goal-bound efforts inside the opening ten minutes.
First, Augusto Heldon Ramos stung Ejide’s palms from long range before the Nigerian keeper made a point-blank save to deny Julio Tavares.
Nigeria’s Super Eagles looked flat-footed throughout the opening 45 minutes with a struggling midfield and punctured full-backs.
Full-backs, Efe Ambrose and Elderson Echiejile were peppered by the impressive Blue Sharks with the former played out of his preferred centre-back role.
The Super Eagles made one attempt at goal through CSKA Moscow attacking winger, Ahmed Musa, whose shot was palmed out by Cape Verde goalkeeper, Fredson Tavares Fock midway in the first half.
On 31 minutes, Ejide appeared to have suffered a muscle strain that paved way for Vincent Enyeama to take goal, as the game petered out to a dull goalless draw after 45 minutes.
Nigeria head coach, Stephen Keshi, sent on Kenneth Omeruo, Brown Ideye and Nosa Igiebor in a bid to spark life into his side in the restart.
The trio brought about a slight improvement in the business end of the game but still with an immobile attitude.
In the 57th minute, a mistake by Cape Verde’s reserve keeper, Josimar Dias Vozinha gifted Nigeria an opportunity but Emmanuel Emenike could not take the advantage to put his side one up.
Nine minutes to the end, John Obi Mikel carved an opening in front of Cape Verde’s goal area and struck with his weak foot which Vozinha tipped away to safety.
The game, Nigeria’s first against an African side since qualifying for the Africa Cup of Nations, fizzled out to a goalless draw.Source Supersport