Nigeria failed to claim a win as they drew 0-0 against Rwanda in their opening Group C match of the 2018 CAF African Nations Championship at the Stade Ibn Batouta in Tangiers, Morocco, on Monday.
Super Eagles clearly dominated possession but the Rwanda have goalkeeper Eric Ndayishimiye to thank for pulling brilliant saves.Nigeria attacks started in 9th minute when Faleye came close when his effort hit cross bar after connecting with Ogbugh’s brilliant ball.Amavubi made two significant attempts through Eric Rutanga and Bernabe Mubumbyi in the first half but both efforts produced nothing.
The stalemate leaves the Super Eagles placed at No 2 in the group on one point behind Libya, who earlier beat Equatorial Guinea 3-0.
The Nigerians scored in the 58th minute through Eze after they were awarded a set piece, but it was disallowed for offside.
Towards the last 20 minutes, the Amavubi grew in confidence and Eric Rutanga saw his curling effort from a set piece missing the top right corner by inches.
In the 80th minute, Nigeria were unlucky not to score as Eze saw his well-taken header coming off the left post once again.
There were no goals as the clash ended goalless.
Rwanda walked away with a point to sit at No 3 from one match – their next match is against Equatorial Guinea this Friday.
Nigeria: (0) 0
Rwanda: (0) 0
Nigeria: Ezenwa, Okoro, James, Atuloma, Okogbue, Eze, Ogbugh, Ifeany (Oladapo 60’), Okpotu (Mustapha 81’), Ali, Faleye (Okechukwu 83’)
Rwanda: Ndyishimiye, Bizimana, Mukunzi, Biramahire (Nshuti 54’), Niyonzima, Iradukunda, Usengimana, Manzi, Rutanga, Mubumbyi (Mico 47’), Kayumba