The stage is finally set for Sunday Oliseh to execute his first major assignment as coach of the Super Eagles.
Nigeria takes on Tanzania today(Saturday), in its second qualification match for the 2017 AFCON.
After starting out with a win against Chad, Oliseh is under pressure to sustain the momentum.
New faces are expected in the Super Eagles’ line up.
They are Goalkeeper Carl Ikeme, Taraba United’s Usman Mohammed and Amkar Perm midfielder, Izunna Uzochukwu.
They are likely to be given the opportunity to prove they deserve their first call ups to the Nigerian national team.
There are other new players on the bench who would also hope for an opportunity in Dar es Salam.
Nigeria Starting XI
1 Carl Ikeme
2 Solomon Kwambe
3 Kingsley Madu
4 Obiora Nwankwo
5 Kenneth Omeruo
6 William Stroot-Ekong
7 Ahmed Musa
8 Izunna Uzochukwu
9 Emmanuel Emenike
10 Haruna Lukman
11 Moses Simon
Subs: Ikechukwu Ezenwa, Rabiu Ibarim ,Emem Eduok,Anthony Ujah, Chima Akas, Slyvester Igboun, Godfrey Oboabona
Tanzania starting XI
1. Ally Mustafa – 1
2. Shomari Kapombe – 2
3. Haji Mwinyi – 3
4. Nadir Haroub ” Cannavaro” – C – 23
5 Kelvin Yondani – 5
6. Himid Mao – 7
7. Thomas Ulimwengu – 11
8. Mudathir Yahya – 16
9. Mbwana Samatta – 10
10. Mrisho Ngasa – 17
11. Farid Musa – 9
Said Mohamed – 18, Hassan Isihaka – 15, Mohamed Hussein – 6, Said Hamis – 8. Deus Kaseke – 4, Saimon Msuva – 12, John Bocco – 14
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Final whistle. Sunday Oliseh officially begins with a 0-0 away draw against Tanzania.
As it stands Nigeria will momentarily go top in Group G with four points from two games but it can be better with six from two games.
Three minutes added time. Will anything change for Nigeria or Tanzania?
the Nigerian side picking up coordination as the match nears end. But a corner kick is wasted. Tanzania now on the attack.
Nigeria misses a chance to go ahead after failing to grace the net, with the Tanzanian goalkeeper out of the 18-yard area. Poor creativity by the Nigeria side.
Omeruo down on the turf after being elbowed in his face.He is escorted out of the turf for treatment.
Tanzania makes another break. A close attempt shot slightly wide off the Nigerian post.
Tanzania showing higher thirst for goal. The host seem more organized and has got more shots on target. But so far, Carl Ikeme, Nigeria’s goalkeeper has been the savior so far.
Mrisho Ngasa misses a glorious chance for Tanzania, he was free on goal but headed over the bar.
Thomas Ulimwengu’s shot stopped by Ikeme.. Will this man keep a clean sheet today?
Oliseh throws in his last dice as Emem Eduok comes in for Moses Simon.
Tanzania makes first change Mudathir Yahya comes while Nigeria makes second change Ujah in for Emenike.
Musa makes a run off a through pass from centre of the pitch. He shoots wide metres away from the Tanzanian goal post. Nigeria stil struggling to subdue the Tanzanians.
Tanzania gets a break. Oh, a great save by Carl Ikeme save Nigeria from going down.
Ahmed Musa takes a fine run down the left but Tanzania keeper stops his in swinger.
Action resumes for second half…
First Half ends. Referee Louis Kagisimana signals the end of the First Half
Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria
First half coming to an end. No goal to either side. Few chances missed on both sides. All looking like a barren first half.
Nigeria in a near miss! Moses Simon’s close range shot is blocked and parried into a corner. Corner kick taken, not connected. It is goal kick to Tanzania.
35′ Still 0-0 , Tanzania has had the better chances but the Eagles have not done badly so far.
Substitution: Haruna Lukman OFF, Sylvester Igboun ON.
Nigeria strings together some passes in the midfield but they have been stopped by the Tanzanians. Another shout for a penalty by Tanzania but Referee not convinced.
Oliseh seems to be feeling the heat as he already has his jacket off after 30 minutes of action here in Dar Es Salam.
Nigerian goalkeeper, Carl Ikeme, pulls a great save off a free kick from Mbwana Samatta. Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria.
The stadium here in Dar es Salam is not filled to capacity as expected. Songs of the Nigeria supporters club filtering through the stands.
Tanzania almost took the lead but Carl Ikeme, Nigeria’s goalkeeper, provides a fantastic save. Carl Ikeme, he keeps the game at 0-0. Tanzania’s Farid Musa was close to scoring for his team.
Oliseh squatting on the side lines, the Super Eagles Coach obviously wants an early goal. Emenike gets the first chance for Nigeria but he heads over the bar.
Throw-in on the far side for Tanzania again as they continue press forward for an opening goal. Both teams are still sizing up each other so far. Scoreline remains Tanzania 0-0 Nigeria
Tanzania also gets their first free kick … a dangerous one but it is deflected to a throw-in.
First free kick of the game goes to Nigeria. Emenike brought down. Free kick taken and successfully blocked by the Tanzanians.
Tanzania has not won any match this year. Can they halt their poor run against Nigeria or will be the Super Eagles add to their woes?
Ahmed Musa in jersey Nos 7 is wearing the captain’s armband. Enyeama missing. The coin has been tossed and Nigeria to take the kick off.