Tanzania Frustrates Nigeria

Tanzania and Nigeria play to an entertaining goalless draw in their Africa Cup of Nations 2017 Qualifier in Dar es Salaam on Saturday.  The pair are in Group G alongside Egypt and Chad.  The stadium in the Tanzanian capital was not full to capacity, but there were Nigerian supporters chanting songs in the stands making their presence felt.  In the first half both teams were sizing each other up.

Tanzania’s Farid Musa was close to giving the home side a goal as he shot a powerful shot towards Nigeria’s net but Carl Ikeme made a save.  In the 30th minute the Super Eagles strings together some passes in the midfield and looked fairly comfortable with the ball, but the home side defended and snatched away any danger.  The Nigerians had another chance in the 40th minute when Moses Simons had a close range shot but it was blocked and a corner followed before the half-time whistle blew.

Both sides were lacking in creativity.  After ten second half minutes Farid Musa made a run off a throughball from the centre of the pitch and shot wide.  Another missed opportunity for the home team saw Mrisho Ngasa miss a glorious chance when he was unmaked only to head over the bar.

In the second half the home team seemed hungrier and they were more organised and had more shots on target, but it was the Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikeme who kept them at bay.  Nigeria had the best opportunity of the game when Tanzania’s goalkeeper was out of the 18-yard area but the visitors could not capitalise as parity reigned.

As it stands in Group G Nigeria will go top as they have earned four points in two games.  As for Tanzania they have not managed to win a game and have only collected one point in two games and lie third.