Nigeria had a lack lustre performance in their first game under coach Lars Lagerback on Tuesday in Wattens, Austria.
In the friendly match against Saudi Arabia, the Super Eagles looked match rusty even after the gaffer made six changes during the second half.
The best chance of the game fell to the Saudis in the 70th minute when substitute Al Fraidi Mohammed was sent free with a through pass but sent the ball just wide of goalkeeper Austin Ejide.
Nigeria’s best performance came from Everton forward Victor Anichebe who had three successive attempts blocked towards the end of the first half.
In the 37th minute, Anichebe who just returned to the team after a long lay off through injury forced a corner kick after a fine run from the left. Three minutes later, he also won another corner kick after his shot on goal was deflected by a defender.
Perhaps Nigeria can take solace from the fact that it is their first major work out under Lagerback who is still tinkering with the team.
Missing influential players like Chelsea’s Mikel John Obi in the midfield and Lokomotiv’s Osaze Odemwingie, the Eagles lacked bite in the attack.
The midfield marshaled by veteran Nwankwo Kanu was a shadow of itself and they lost possession to the Green Falcons severally. Instead it was Monaco youngster Haruna Lukman that held the midfield together.
The Saudis had their own opportunity to win the game but did not. Yehya Alshehri had a shot kept out by Ejide in the 24th minute.
Nigeria will look forward to their next game against in London against Colombia to put things right before they depart for South Africa next week.
Nigeria are drawn in Group B alongside Argentina, Greece and South Korea.