Super Eagles of Nigeria held the Terenga Lions of Senegal courtesy of Kelechi Iheanacho late minute strike to help Nigeria secure a forceful 1-1 draw in a friendly match played on Thursday in London.
The first 45 minute finished goallessly, the Teranga lions were so dominant as a unit and that made things troublesome for the Eagles finding it difficult to play from the back.
Super Eagles, at last, escaped their shell in the 17 minute when Moses Simon made an astonishing run down the left flank but his swung cross couldn’t find Iheanacho.
It was continuously getting good for Nigeria with the captain of the night, Ogenyi Onazi assuming his part splendidly before the captain got injured in the 26th minute from a terrible tackle and awful landing. He was substituted and was replaced by John Ogu.
Minutes into the second half, Senegal won a free-kick in a perilous position that could have seen them breaking the halt. however, the persevering pressure from the Lions paid off for them in the 54th minute when Sow was lucky to get this show on the road and fired the ball home emphatically.
Super Eagles continue pursuing the game to get a leveller, Gernot Rohr made three substitutions, removing Iwobi and Moses Simon; and replacing them with the duo of Oghenekaro Etebo and Isaac Success and Kayode Olanrewaju was likewise brought in. these three substitutes enhanced Nigeria’s gameplay with Kayode combining so well with Iheanacho.
The substitution paid off as Eagles mounted a better challenge which prompted the team to get an 83rd-minute penalty after Kelechi Iheanacho was clipped down in the Senegalese 18-yard box, the Manchester City forward ventured up and converted the penalty,
Kelechi Iheanacho has now scored 5 goals in 6 matches for the Super Eagles.
Nigeria’s next diversion will be on Monday night against the Stallions of Burkina-Faso.