2026 WorldCupQ: Zimbabwe hold Super Eagles to 1-1 draw

Zimbabwe hold Super Eagles to 1-1 draw

Nigeria’s Super Eagles on Sunday failed again to beat Zimbabwe in the 2026 World Cup qualifiers as they forced the host to a 1-1 draw to make their journey more difficult in the series.

The Warriors of Zimbabwe have held the Super Eagles of Nigeria to a 1-1 draw in their second group match of the 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifiers at the Huye stadium, Butare, Rwanda.

The pressure was on the Super Eagles as they needed a positive result after an underwhelming draw against Lesotho at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium last Thursday.

It was not the start they were looking for as Zimbabwe’s Musona hit a perfect 30-meter free kick in the 26th minute to beat Nigeria’s shitstopper, Francis Uzoho.

The 2013 AFCON champions, who had their point man, Victor Osimhen as well as Taiwo Awoniyi struggled to impose themselves on the game, with Zimbabwe emerging as the stronger side at half time.

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Jose Peseiro would make three changes at halftime,bringing on Victor Boniface, Kelechi Iheanacho and Osayi-Samuel, for Ola Oina, Onyeka and Nathan Tella.

And Peseiro’s men were duly rewarded with a 67th-minute goal from Iheanacho, who fired a shot just inside the left post to equalize for the Super Eagles.

Nigeria kept on searching for the winning goal in the closing stages of the match but the Warriors remained resolute in defence.

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