Super Eagles, Teranga Lions share spoils in London friendly

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The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Teranga Lions of Senegal on Thursday played out a 1-1 draw in an international friendly played in London.

Senegal’s playmaker Moussa Sow had put his team in front in the 54th minute of the game before a hard fighting Kelechi Iheanacho stole the show for the Nigerian side after he converted a penalty kick in the 83rd minute for a late equaliser.

The match played at The Hive, home ground of Barnet Football Club, saw the Teranga Lions dominate in full control of the first half and also hitting the Nigerian post.

The Senegalese effort paid off early in the second half when Sow found the back of the Eagles net before Iheanacho restored parity for the Gernot Rohr’s tutored side minutes to the end of the encounter.

There was, however, a sad moment in the encounter as team’s stand-in captain, Ogenyi Onazi, was stretched off the pitch after he was injured in the first half.

Elderson Echiejile was later handed the captain’s armband after Onazi’s exit.

Leicester City winger, Ahmed Musa, had stepped down as assistant captain of the Super Eagles team just before the kick-off of their friendly match.

Musa was appointed as assistant captain to John Obi Mikel exactly one year ago. He had replaced Vincent Enyeama as skipper before handing over to Mikel Obi to later become his assistant.

The Super Eagles will next take on the Etalons of Burkina Faso on Monday at the same venue.

The friendly games have been arranged to get the Eagles prepared for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers which are expected to start in June and the 2018 World Cup qualifiers against Cameroon in August.

The friendlies will be the Eagles’ first games this year, as the last time they played was in the 3-1 win over Algeria last November in their second group game of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers.

Coach Rohr had invited 25 players for the Senegal and Burkina Faso friendly games. Mikel Obi was not among the 25 invited players, while Victor Moses pleaded to be excused from the match.

In other friendlies, Kenya and Uganda ended play 1-1, while Jordan thrashed Hong Kong 4-0.

Elsewhere, Afghanistan humbled Singapore 2-1, as Bahrain and Tajikistan ended their encounter 1-1.

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