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Eagles held by robust Uganda Cranes

The Super Eagles were last night held to a goalless draw by robust-playing Uganda in a friendly staged at a packed Stephen Keshi Stadium in Asaba.

Nigeria created the better chances, but the Cranes of Uganda proved a very physical test for their hosts.

It was a keenly contested first half with both teams carving out chances but could not put them away.

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Nigeria bossed the possession by 63 percent to 37% and they recorded four corners to the one by Uganda.

Uganda could have taken the lead after just 10 minutes, but the Uganda forward blasted his effort into the packed stands.

Four minutes later, Victor Osimhen could have got his name on the scoreboard but he was not decisive inside the Uganda box.

And minutes later the Sporting Charleroi striker’s glancing header missed the mark narrowly.

Debutant Samuel Chukwueze was a delight to watch as he dazzled with his magical left foot from the right wing.

After the interval, the Eagles continued to search for the go-ahead goal.

Coach Gernot Rohr brought in William Ekong, Samuel Kalu and Isaac Success. Kalu in particular tested the Uganda defence, while both Mikel Agu and Success enjoyed some god chances, but the Cranes kept their shape to hold out for a deserved goalless draw.


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