Nigeria’s Super Eagles began their quest for a fourth African crown with a disappointing 1-1 draw with The Nzalang Nacional of Equatorial Guinea at the Alassane Ouattara Stadium, Abidjan on Sunday afternoon, OWOSPORTS.com.ng reports.
Two goals in quick succession for both teams in the first half meant that the spoils were shared between the two sides.
Iban Salvador got the Guineans in front in the 36th minute with a well taken strike at the edge of the box to leave goalkeeper Stanley Nwabili helpless.
2023 Africa footballer of the year, Victor Osimhen gave an instant reply as he headed in Ademola Lookman’s cross to restore parity for the Super Eagles.
Nigeria had six shots on target and were only able to convert one with Osimhen missing a seater that could have been the winner late in the game.
The results leaves Nigeria third in Group A with a second group game against host Cote D’Ivoire to come next on Thursday, 18th January 2024. The host tops Group A with three points following their 2-0 victory over Guinea Bissau in the opener on Saturday.