The wasteful Super Eagles of Nigeria were restricted to a 1-1 draw by Equatorial Guinea in Abidjan on Sunday, as their current Africa Cup of Nations campaign began in a painful manner.
The Super Eagles required a close-range header from star striker Victor Osimhen before half-time to win a share of the spoils in Group A’s second encounter, with the Napoli striker responding within two minutes after an unexpected Equatorial Guinea opener scored coolly by Iban Salvador.
However, Osimhen squandered a few additional opportunities, including a glorious chance after the break as Nigeria heaped on the pressure but were unable to find another way past excellent Alaves goalkeeper Jesus Owono.
Following Nigeria’s failed opportunities, both teams barely threatened each other’s goals, with both sets of defenders performing well to maintain discipline.
Nigeria’s next match is against tournament hosts Cote d’Ivoire, which will be closely watched throughout Africa.
The hosts began their campaign with a 2-0 victory over Guinea-Bissau on Saturday.
Equatorial Guinea, on the other hand, will be buoyed by the point scored against Nigeria as they face a wounded Guinea-Bissau.
According to the results, Cote d’Ivoire leads Group A, with Equatorial Guinea and Nigeria one point ahead of Guinea-Bissau.