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Super Eagles, South Africa friendly ends in draw

29 March 2015, 17:15Israel Ojoko

Nelspruit - The international friendly game between Nigeria’s Super Eagles and South Africa’s Bafana Bafana ended in a one all after 90 minutes of play at the Mbombela Stadium in Nelspruit on Sunday.

Ahmed Musa’s 84th minute goal was almost sealing victory for the Super Eagles before Bongani Zungu cancelled the goal at added time.

Despite the scoreless first half, South Africa showed good spirit all through the first 45 minutes, but for poor finishing that saw them throw away begging chances.

Nigeria, coming from a poor play that saw them suffer a 1-0 defeat to Uganda on Thursday, improved on their tactics, but were yet below par as they struggled in the better part of the first half.

Also read: Musa leads Eagles against Bafana

Kenneth Omeruo was forced to pull out of the game after just 12 minutes of play due to a hamstring, and was replaced with Godfrey Oboabona.

The second half resumed with more excitement as both teams upped their game. But it was South Africa who won a penalty in the 61st minute when Oboabona felled Sibusiso Vilakaz. Andile Jali failed to score as Daniel Akpeyi saved his shot.

Nigeria made changes with Odion Ighalo coming in for Aaro Samuel in the 66th minute, hoping for a difference.

But the Super Eagles waited till the 84th minute before Ahmed Musa, who captained the side, curled the ball from outside the 18 yard box to beat goalkeeper Itumeleng Khune.

Shakes Mashaba was visibly unhappy as watched his side almost losing to Nigeria, but was relieved when Zungu cancelled the goal at added time to end the tie at 1-1 apiece.

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