Botswana hold Nigeria

2011-11-12 20:56

Benin - Nigeria’s Super Eagles were on Saturday held to a goalless draw by Botswana’s Zebras in an international friendly decided at the Samuel Ogbemudia Stadium, Benin.

Goal keeper, Vincent Enyeama made a return to the side after missing the side’s last three matches against Madagascar, Argentina and Guinea.

Fulham midfielder, Dickson Etuhu also made a return to the national side after declaring previously that he would never play for the national side as long as former Coach, Samson Siasia remained at the helm. Nigeria dominated but found the well drilled Botswana defence difficult to break down. For all their territorial dominance, the Eagles had little joy to show for it in terms of goals scored.

Coach Stephen Keshi rang the changes in the second half with Chinedu Obasi Ogbuke and Ahmed Musa all coming in as second substitutes.

Musa had the best goal scoring chance of the half, heading straight at the Botswana keeper late on.

However the Zebras held on tenaciously to claim a famous draw against their storied opponents.

Captain of the Nigeria side, Joseph Yobo was selected as the Most Valuable player (MVP) in the game.

“It was a not the best performance in the world but the boys showed what they are capable of. We will build from here,” Nigeria's coach, Stephen Keshi told

Nigeria will face Zambia in another friendly international on Tuesday next week at the Ahmadu Bello Stadium in Kaduna.