Robust Uganda hold Nigeria to a goalless draw
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Robust Uganda hold Nigeria to a goalless draw

By Olusola ‘Jide @jide_olusola

The Super Eagles of Nigeria were held to a 0-0 stalemate by Uganda in the friendly match at the Stephen Keshi Stadium, Asaba on Tuesday.

With the weather conditions at the stadium at 34 degrees, the Nigerian side showed intent to stamp their authority as Ahmed Musa continued from where he stopped last Saturday when Nigeria clinched a ticket to the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations, by drawing 1-1 with South Africa in Johannesburg.

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Gernot Rohr deployed a refreshing 4-3-3 formation which saw Samuel Chukwueze becoming the first Nigerian player born after 1999 FIFA U-20 World Cup to debut for the Super Eagles.

The Super Eagles were looking to avenge the 1-0 the last time both teams met in a friendly match on March 25, 2015 and created several chances which they spurned.

Sporting Charleroi striker Victor Osimhen, also on his full debut, had the clearest chances for the hosts but his efforts were off target.

The first half ended goalless with both teams carving some chances but could not put away any.

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However at the restart of the second half, Rohr made two changes bringing on Isaac Success in for Osimhen and Samuel Kalu in for Chukwueze.

As the game wore on without goals, fans began to be agitated and sang asking for goals which refused to come.

With 81 minutes played, Mikel Agu who could have been the hero of the day  failed to tuck away a loose ball from well inside the box, missing a glorious chance.

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