Visiting Warriors of Zimbabwe held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a goalless draw under a rainy atmosphere at the Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba on Saturday.
The Eagles may have enjoyed a superior head-to-head record of 4-1-1, but it was the Warriors of Zimbabwe at a rain-drenched stadium who looked more likely to score in the early exchanges. The game, a pre-AFCON friendly, began an hour behind schedule because of the weather.
However, it was Villarreal youngster Samuel Chukwueze, who forced the biggest save of the first half from the Zimbabwe goalkeeper, who fisted his dangerous curler from the edge of the box for a corner.
Alex Iwobi’s shot from inside the Warriors box soon after took a huge deflection to the relief of the visitors.
Timely clearances by Jamilu Collins and later resolute defending by Kenneth Omeruo would keep out the enterprising Warriors from Harare.
For Nigeria, skipper Mikel Obi was solid in defensive midfield with Chukwueze catching the eye with his exciting runs down the right wing.
In the second half, both teams created mainly half chances and it was not surprising when the contest ended without any goals to warm-up the appreciable crowd that had defied the heavy rains to watch this encounter.
Both teams, set to represent their respective countries at the Africa Cup of Nations (AFCON) in Egypt, had several good chances at goal but none was converted owing to rains which affected the flow of ball on the pitch.
Meanwhile, the team will depart Nigeria tomorrow to play against Senegal at the Ismailia Stadium on June 16 before they finally kick-start their campaign in Egypt.