Nigeria’s Super Eagles were held by South Africa’s Bafana Bafana to a goalless draw on Wednesday night in their second game of the 2015 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier.
Stephen Keshi’s side lacked coordination and gave away slew of passes while their hosts who threatened a couple of times lacked the cutting edge in the Eagles vital area.
Both teams garnered a point on Wednesday night to have four points and a point respectively on the log, but are still behind Congo who defeated Sudan 2-0 earlier in the day and are now top of the Group A table with six points.
South Africa were the first to attack their Nigerian rivals but their call for a free kick within the first three minutes of the game were rebuffed by referee Joshua Bondo.
Nigerian players gave away the ball frequently and their only weapon to get something of the game seemed seemed to be from the pace of Ahmed Musa who was the only winning runner from the Eagles team.
The Nigerian players often found Chelsea midfielder John Mikel Obi but most of his passes were cut off by the marauding South African players who realise that he was clearly the creative hopes of the African champions.
Rangers FC of Enugu striker Ighodaro Osaguona had Nigeria’s first real chance at goal as his powerful header was cleared off the Bafana Bafana’s line in the 80th minute.
South Africa came up with a game plan to make the Eagles ran themselves to the ground. The Bafana Bafana stars know the Nigerian team don’t run with the ball.
Sone Aluko was also one of the players with a few attempts at goal but his shot in the 81st minute was very tame.
Nigeria’s next game is an away clash against Sudan on October 11th.