Nigeria vs Tunisia played 1-1 an entertaining draw at the Jacques Lemans Arena in Austria. The Eagles came into the match after losing 1-0 to Algeria four days earlier. Tunisia on the other hand, defeated Sudan 3-0 in the lead up to this match.
Nobody cared for this game. Protests have swept across several cities in Nigeria joined by the diaspora around the world as young Nigerians call for the end to police brutality.
It is this campaign that has dominated social media in the past week that only a few even remember that the Super Eagles lost 1-0 in a friendly on Friday, October 9, 2020.
Several Super Eagles players have since joined the campaign online but they showed more solidarity with some raised fist while they celebrated their goal.
It was Kelechi Iheanacho who scored in the 19th minute to give the Super Eagles a goal they deserved. Unlike the game against Algeria on Friday, the Super Eagles started brightly and the better side against Tunisia.
Playing in a deeper role, Alex Iwobi played a fine ball to Iheanacho who could not catch up but minutes later, the Leicester City striker got another chance which he converted. Iheanacho got on a ball in the box, held off a defender and turned before finishing past the goalkeeper.
He would have made it 2-0 if he had not missed a penalty. Iwobi, again, curled a through ball to Ahmed Musa who was fell by the Tunisian goalkeeper. From the penalty spot, Iheanacho’s tame effort was early saved.
His penalty miss came back to hurt Nigeria as the Tunisian found an equaliser before the halftime whistle. Hamza Rafia did well to dribble past Kenneth Omeruo before cutting back for Mohamed Drager to finish off.
The quality of the game dropped in the second half as both sides struggled to create anything. For the first 20 minutes of the second half, the game, both sides failed to get any penetration in the final third despite the game being played at a good space.
Belgium based striker Cyril Dessers and CSKA Moscow’s Chidera Ejuke made their debuts
Despite the changes-four on each side- the game failed to spark as the spoils were shared. For Nigerians, it didn’t matter. Apart from one or two spots on the trends of Nigeria vs Tunisia 1-1, it was the protest everyone was talking.
Nigeria lineup: Okoye, Omeruo, Balogun, Sanusi, Akpoguma, Ajayi, Iwobi, Chukwueze, Iheanacho, Simon, Musa (c)
Tunisia lineup: Mustapha, Bronn, Meriah, Skhiri, Dreger, Haddadi, Slimane, Mohamed, Rafiaa, Msakni (c), Khazri