The Group C clash between Tunisia and Nigeria on Friday at the ongoing 2016 African Nations Championship ended in a 1-1 stalemate.
Super Eagles coach Sunday Oliseh made three changes to his starting line-up as he gave the trio of Chisom Chikatara, Austin Obaroakpo and Usman Mohammed their first starts in Rwanda.
Despite the attacking forays by both teams, the first half failed to produce any goal.
However, seven minutes into the second half, Nigeria went ahead against the run of play and it was Chikatara that broke the deadlock after he was set up by Osas Okoro for his fourth goal of the tournament.
On the hour mark, Prince Aggreh failed to make the most of a through ball by Mohammed that could have seen the Eagles double their lead.
Tunisia danger man, Akaichi, came close for the North Africans moments later, but his header was off target in the 63rd minute of explosive action.
Tunisia deservedly drew level twenty minutes from time and it was Akaichi who turned inside the box and scored his third goal of the tournament.
The Carthage Eagles came close to taking the lead, but substitute Kalu Orji cleared it off the line as Tunisia piled on more pressure.
Ikechukwu Ibenegbu came close but his final effort missed target in the 81st minute.
Ezenwa saved a strike from Mathlouthi as Tunisia searched for the winner one minute from time.
The game ended one-all with the Tunisians the better side.
With the one point from Friday’s game in Kigali, the Eagles are still top in Group C with four points while Tunisia are second on the log with two points from as many games.
The complexion of the table could change when Niger and Guinea play the other group game later today.
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