Super Eagles play out a draw against Nasarawa United in first friendly match

The national team composed of home-based players were held to a score draw on Thursday in Abuja by the newly promoted top flight club side as they prepare for the Afcon
Super Eagles coach, Stephen Keshi would have noted a few things on Thursday as his side were held to a 1-1 draw by Nasarawa United, a Premier League side in his team’s first tune-up match on the way to next month’s Africa Cup of Nations tournament in South Africa.

The Eagles started out with Femi Thomas in goal, Solomon Kwambe, Benjamin Francis, Godfrey Oboabona, Azubuike Egwueke in defence and  Gabriel Reuben, Sunday Mba, Fegor Ogude, Tony Okputu, Ejike Uzoenyi and Gambo Mohammed.

Nasarawa struck first in the 18th minute as a defensive howler allowed in Ibrahim Ibrahim to score past Thomas.

Before the goal, the Super Eagles should have scored through Mba, Reuben and Gambo.

The Eagles came out firing after they conceded the opening goal and equalised through a penalty in the 44th minute.

A Nasarawa defender held a goal bound shot and Referee Aniete Ukoh gave the penalty which Mba converted. All these players were taken off in the second half.

Gomo Onduko, Ubale Mannir, Papa Idris, Henry Uche, Chibuzor Okonkwo, Zango Umar and goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi all played in the second half and though they had more possession, they could not break down the Nasarawa side coached by Alphonsus Dike.

“The players were quite good and among the best in the country but the need to improve in the area of concentration because that was what caused the goal my team scored against them,” said Dike after the match.

After the match, the Super Eagles players were made to undergo 20 minutes of physical drilling because of their lacklustre showing.