The Cranes of Uganda stunned the Super Eagles in an international friendly played Wednesday at the Akwa Ibom International Stadium in Uyo as the East Africans secured a lone-goal win over the star-studded Nigeria side.
The loss left a big dent on Eagles skipper, Vincent Enyeama, who was celebrating his 100th cap for Nigeria and was hoping for a more memorable outing.
It was an 81st minute goal from Miya Faruku that gifted the East Africans the famous win in Uyo.
The Eagles will have themselves to blame having seemingly underrated the Cranes and also spurned the chances that came their way earlier in the game.
Hope Akpan attempted giving Nigeria an early lead in the 6th minute in the process forcing a save from goalkeeper Dennis Onyango and Ahmed Musa failed to capitalise on the rebound.
Musa had another chance moments later, but the CSKA Moscow forward failed to connect with Leon Balogun’s cross from close range.
The Eagles desperately searched for an opening goal and Swiss-based Steven Ukoh also had a fair attempt on goal but failed to hit target.
Though enjoying the most of the chances that came in the game, the Eagles were made to pay for their misses when Miya fired home nine minutes from time as his shot deflected off Akeem Latifu past Enyeama who though had his hand on the ball could not stop same from hitting the back of the net.
And while Coach Amokcahi threw in the likes of Aaron Samuel and Mfon Udoh to help rescue the situation, it was too little too late to deny the Cranes their somewhat well-deserved win.
The Eagles will now hope they can get it right when they take on the Bafana Bafana this weekend in Nelspruit in another friendly game.