The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Carthage Eagles of Tunisia shared the spoils in Austria after they played out a 1-1 draw at the Jacques Lemans Arena.
With Nigeria coming off the back of a defeat against Algeria last Friday and with the team needing to sign off the international break on a high, Gernot Rohr made five changes to the team from the start, while also changing the shape of the team.
Playing a 4-1-4-1 formation, the captain of the side Ahmed Musa started upfront with Kelechi Iheanacho supporting him. It didn’t take long for the nexus to materialize, as a link-up play between both players in the 20th minute was all it took for Iheancho crisply slot in the ball into the back of the net.
With William Ekong and Samuel Kalu leaving the team in Austria to face club engagements, Kenneth Omeruo, and Moses Simon started in their places and kept in decent performances, with Simon creating opportunities down the left.
Mohamed Drager opened his international account for Tunisia as he tapped home from close range after a delightful pass from Rafiaa Hamza in the 41st min.
Heading into the second half, Rohr made a couple of changes with Chidozie Awaziem and Jamilu Collins changing the look of the defensive flanks, while the Tunisians kept knocking but couldn’t find any openings with Maduka Okoye making some decent saves in between the few they created.
Genk forward Cyril Dessers eventual came on for Musa to make his debut while Chidera Ejuke came in for Chukwueze to add a bite to the attack.
In the end, both teams levelled themselves out, as the Nigerian team prepares towards their double qualifying match against Sierra Leone in November.