Nigeria held Rwanda to a goalless draw in their first game of Group C of the Total Africa Nations Championship (CHAN), played at Grand Stade de Tanger in Morocco on Monday night, AOIFootball.com reports.
Rwanda’s Amavubi started the better side but not before long, the CHAN Eagles took control of the game.
In the ninth minute, Sunday Faleye of the Super Eagles hit the woodwork with a header that took Rwanda’s goalkeeper, Eric ‘Bakame’ Ndayishimiye by surprise.
Ndayishimiye who was making his 44th cap for Amavubi, pulled off three great saves to keep Rwanda into the game.
In the 57th minute, Stephen Eze managed to put the ball behind Ndayishimiye’s net but he was ruled offside.
Two minutes later, Nigeria had another chance but Stephen Eze’s header went wide.
The Amavubi made two significant attempts through Eric Rutanga and Bernabe Mubumbyi in the first half but both efforts produced nothing.
Rabiu Ali had another opportunity to score after Ndayishimiye saved Osas’s cross, however his shot went wide.
On 78 minutes, the upright was to the rescue of Amavubi for the third time. Substitute Ibrahim Mustapha’s header from an Ali corner hit the post to the relief of Rwanda, who held on to snatch a point of favourites CHAN Eagles..
CHAN Eagles were the better side, dominating possession in both halves but failed to do the most important thing – goal scoring.
Nigeria next face Libya on Thursday at Stade de Tanger.