The Super Eagles will be battling for pride as they take on the Tafia Stars of Tanzania in their final 2017 Africa Cup of nations qualifiers.
The Afcon ticket is off the grabs of Nigeria and Tanzania, thus Saturday’s game has been labeled a dead rubber encounter.
However, with a new Technical Adviser in place for the Eagles in person of Genort Rohr, many want to see a new Nigeria team display.
By record, Nigeria has never lost to Tanzania.
Stay here for live updates from the Akwa Ibom International stadium in Uyo as the Eagles battle for pride.
Kickoff is 5pm..
0′: Kick off!!
The Eagles attack is dominated by Premier League stars – Mikel, Victor Moses (Chelsea), Odion Ighalo (Watford), Kelechi Iheanacho (Manchester City) and Ahmed Musa (Leicester City)
Turkey-based Musa Mohammed will make his official Eagles debut, while Wolves goalkeeper Carl Ikeme has managed a back problem to start for the home team.
Tanzania gets us underway. Nigeria in all-green, while Tanzania are wearing all-white with green and blue trimmings. Nigeria 0-0 Tanzania.
The Taifa Stars attack but goalkeeper Ikeme cuddles the ball and moments later, Odion Ighalo blasts into the stand after he was set up by Kelechi Iheanacho. Nigeria 0-0 Tanzania.
Eagles win a free kick after a Tanzania defender handles the ball on top of his box, but Victor Moses’ effort misses the target.
Nigeria have taken over the attacking initiative , but Musa Mohammed’s cross from the right fails to get the needed connection.
Chance! Header by Mikel off a Musa Mohammed cross is off target. Nigeria 0-0 Tanzania.
Though the Super Eagles have been the better side of the two teams they need to translate their dominance to scoring goals… Still.
Approaching the half-hour mark and still goalless in Uyo. Ahmed Musa tries a shot at the Tanzania goal, but his effort is wide off the target yet again!
Struggling against Tanzania at home while tougher opponents are waiting in the World Cup qualifiers is not a good omen for the Super Eagles.
Tanzania Goalkeeper Manula who has been outstanding today takes a dive at the feet of Victor Moses right inside the six-yard box to deny Nigeria yet another scoring opportunity.
End-to-end action… Nigeria and Tanzania battling to see who gets the curtain raiser in this final group match of the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers…. Both teams out of contention though.
There will be two minutes of additional time now as the first half nears the closing stages.
Similar scenario that played out in Dar Es Salam last September repeating itself in Uyo at the first half ends Nigeria 0-0 Tanzania.
Second half is underway and both teams have continued from where they stopped in the first 45 minutes.
Ahmed Musa flips across from the right wing but Mikel’s header goes over the bar.
Close… Very close Ahmed Musa’s effort from close range stopped by the Tanzania goalkeeper… And Manula even does better parrying the resultant corner kick.
Having waited for an hour…fans at the Akwa Ibom stadium singing All we are saying give us one goal.
Mikel tried a shot but keeper saves it.
Substitution: Mikel goes out for Wilfred Ndidi.
Ahmed Musa now with the captain’s arm band with the exit of Mikel.
Tanzania substitution… Farid Mussa in for Yahayya
Ighalo pulled out and Ideye is in now.
Goal!!!!! Kelechi Iheanacho takes shot from 25 yards hits the upright and into the net.
Nigeria unable to add to the tally as the assistant referee raises the board up for three minutes additional time.
Leon Balogun gets a late yellow card.
Final whistle…. Nigeria 1-0 Tanzania
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