Echiejile Hails New Super Eagles Stars Despite Corsica Draw

Manchester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho was the savior for the Super Eagles of Nigeria on Friday night, May 26, 2017 as his late minute penalty saved Nigeria from a defeat against Corsica in an global friendly match played at the Stade Francois in Ajaccio which ended 1-1.

The ex-Granada star is now expected to join the Nigeria squad in Abuja or Uyo when they assemble ahead of the June 10 AFCON qualifier against the Bafana Bafana of South Africa.

Despite the myriad of chances created mostly by the Super Eagles, both teams had to rely on penalty kicks awarded during the match to find the back of the net.

According to him, if Gernot Rohr has played important matches for Nigeria and has not lost, they should have no reason to doubt the Franco- German tactician's ability.

Corsica got their goal early in the game from a penalty after Ebuehi handled the ball in the box.

In the 8th minute, Ahmed Musa laid a through pass to Henry Onyekuru, who failed to convert the chance with just Nicolas Penneteau at his mercy.

Despite having much of the ball and better chances, the Super Eagles trailed 1-0 at half-time.

The game took a similar pattern in the second-half as the Eagles pressed for the equaliser: Iheanacho stung the palms of Penneteau after good build up play from Oghenekaro Etebo, while substitute Stephen Odey drew another save from the goalkeeper.

Nigeria will face Togo in another friendly match in Paris on Thursday, June 1, 2017.

  • Joanne Flowers