FT: Nigeria 0 - 0 Rwanda (CHAN 2018)

FT: Nigeria 0 - 0 Rwanda (CHAN 2018)

Nigeria’s Home-based Eagles coached by Salisu Yusuf were held to a goalless draw against Rwanda in the opening game of their 5th African Nations Championship (CHAN) campaign in Tangier, Morocco.

For the tournament, only the Nigerian players who play their club football in the NPFL are eligible.

The Super Eagles were the better side throughout and with more than 60% of the possession should have secured the win.

The team hit the bar twice in the first half and twice saw chances stopped on the line in the second half.

Salisu Yusuf's side are now second on the log behind Libya who have three points following their win over Equatorial Guinea.

The Eagles face Libya in their next match on Friday, January 19. Kick off at 5.30pm.

Below is the live update of the game which kicked off at 8.30pm (Nigerian time).

FT: There is no longer any time for Nigeria to have a chance.

The Super Eagles were the better side throughout and with more than 60% of the possession should have secured the win.

The team hit the bar twice in the first

90' SAVE! Atuloma's header from a corner kick is stopped on the line. Rwanda have been battered and conceded multiple chances but for some reason they remain level.

86' SHOT! Another long effort from Rabiu Ali is just wide. In the first half, the Kano Pillars midfielder hit the post

75' Nigeria have grown into this second half and beginning to boss possession

68' Defender Eze is forced to clear his lines.

64' BLOCKED Orji is forced to stretch to clear a teasing cross into the box

57' GOOOOOOOOFFFFIDE! Eze puts the ball in the net after a scuffed shot from Ogbugh from Rabiu Ali's freekick meets him

54' ANOTHER CHANCE! Three consecutive crosses from the right should have seen the Eagles take the lead but the Rwandans cannot sort themselves out to make one of them count

51' A teasing cross from the right gives the Nigerian defense a cause for concern but no one is one the end of it and Salisu Yusuf's side survive

48' Super Eagles are having to take a sit back as Rwanda attack, Their game plan and mentality for the second half has changed

46' Rwanda get us started in the second half

HT: Nigeria 0 - 0 Rwanda

The half ends goalless but Nigeria's coach Salisu Yusuf will be pleased with his side who have hit the bar twice and created four different opportunities.

Falaye guilty of missing a simple chance as with the goalkeeper missing

42' BAR again! A wild shot from Rabiu Ali from almost 35 yards hits the bar and that is the second time the Eagles have hit the post in this half

38' OVER! Faleye sends an effort over with the goalkeeper on the floor having punched a cross to his path

37' WIDE! Center-back Eze is all alone in the box as he heads a long throw from the right but his attempt is just wide

35' CLEARED A wonderful cross across the box by Kano Pillars captain Rabiu Ali is just cleared at the last second... Rwanda survive

30' Its the half hour mark and it is still goalless with chances aplenty for both side albeit the Eagles being the better side so far

LIVE: Nigeria 0 - 0 Rwanda (CHAN 2018)

The game still remains goalless. Photo: NigeriainfoFM

26' SHOT! Rwanda finally have first shot on target...left-back Rutanga's volley is well saved by Ezenwa

22' The long throw has been a useful tactic for long and this time Ogbugh gets his head on the ball hut it is just over

20' BLOCKED! Ogbugh turns in the box and shoots but his effort is blocked

13' The home-based Eagles side are still on top in this game but twice in the last four minutes Ezenwa has had to be sharp to gather through balls

9' POST! Sunday Falaye does well to stretch and meet a cross from the right but his attempt hits the posts and goes out

8' Although Salisu Yusuf's side are playing closer to their opponent's box, they are yet to truly threaten as the game is still shaky

5' The game has been scrappy so far with no side yet to dominate the possessions

3' Defender Eze clears a teasing ball into the box, the resulting throw is easily dealt with

2' Freekick for Rwanda after the Eagles concede a foul in the box

1' The Super Eagles (in Green) get us started

Here are the lineups for both teams:

Nigeria XI vs Rwanda: Ezenwa, Osas Okoro, Itodo, Okogbue, Stephen Eze, Ifeanyi Ifeanyi, Atuloma, Rabiu Ali, Ogbugh, Falaye, Okputu

Rwanda XI vs Nigeria: E. Ndayishimiye, T. Manzi, F. Usengimana, S. Kayumba, E. Iradukunda, E. Rutanga, A. Niyonzima, Y. Mukunzi, D. Bizimana, A. Biramahire & B. Mubumbyi

For the preview of the game check HERE.

Venue: Stade Ibn Batouta

Kick off: 7.30pm Moroccan time (8.30pm Nigeria)

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Source: Sports.naija.ng

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