Leicester City striker Kelechi Iheanacho ended his three-year wait for Nigeria’s first goal in Tuesday’s international friendly match against Tunisia.
The forward who was given the starting spot against the Carthage Eagles set Gernot Rohr’s men ahead with just 21 minutes to play.
Iheanacho took advantage of Ahmed Musa’s pass thanks to Zaidu Sanusi’s throw-in, and he made a good turn before he shot former goaltender Farouk Ben Mustapha.
The strike was the first goal for the three-time African champions since November 14, 2017. That effort was made in Argentina’s 4-2 loss at the International Friendly in preparation for the 2018 Fifa World Cup in Russia at Krasnodar Stadium.
A few minutes later, after Mustapha saved his penalty kick, he missed a chance to double his lead for the West Africans. The 31-year-old shot-stopper had stabbed the goal-bound Musa, who had played Alex Iwobi in the U.S.
Despite dominating ball control, a momentary lack of focus saw the North Africans’ level matter a minute before Mohamed Drager’s half-time break. The Olympic defender shot former goaltender Maduka Okoye from near range.
Iheanacho ‘s goal was his ninth for the senior national team after he made his bow as a substitute in the 2014 Fifa World Cup qualifying match against Swaziland.
Due to a series of unsurprising results, the former Manchester City man was axed by Rohr’s squad for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations held in Egypt.⁴