Super Eagles of Nigeria forced Corsica to a 1-1 draw in an international friendly match played at the Stade François Coty, Ajaccio.
Nigeria went behind after debutant Tyronne Ebuehi handled in the box in the 5th minute in his attempt to clear a cross, Jean-Jacques Mandrichi ventured up and smash home the penalty past Ikechukwu Ezenwa to put the French side ahead.
Super Eagles went looking for an equaliser, with debutant Mikel Agu pulling the strings from the centre and his pass set Ahmed Musa free, yet his very much weighted lay was squandered by Henry Onyekuru.
Nigeria keeps on dominating the game with Oghenekaro Etebo and Musa demonstrating excessively to deal with for the French Island, especially Musa whose pace harried the left back of Corsica. Nigeria’s next opportunity didn’t originate from Musa rather from the skipper Elderson Echiejile who took up a winger’s position from his part as left back to whip in a superb cross which was fired wide by another debutant Alhassan Ibrahim.
Etebo likewise came close to get Nigeria an equaliser, while Onyekuru had a half opportunity to help Nigeria draw level but it wasn’t to be the situation as Corsica went into the break beating Nigeria 1-0.
Super Eagles resumed the second half with same power which they finished in the first with Kelechi Iheanacho coming to put more pressure on the French side, Nigeria’s initially shot of the second half tumbled to another NPFL top scorer Stephen Odey who came in for Alhassan, and his attempt drawn out a fine save from the Corsica goalkeeper.
Odey looked energetic and his blend of youthfulness with Etebo paved way for Iheanacho to have a fly at goal which was also spared by the goalkeeper of Corsica.
Ten minutes to the end of the game, Etebo made his characteristics strong run before he was fell in the box, and the referee wasted no time in pointing to the spot. Iheanacho smash home the resultant penalty to help the Super Eagles protect their unbeaten run under Gernot Rohr.