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Chukwueze debuts, Simon returns as Eagles held goalless by Uganda in Asaba



The Super Eagles of Nigeria played a goalless draw against the Cranes of Uganda in a friendly match at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba on Tuesday.

Samuel Chukwueze made his debut for Nigeria while Moses Simon made his first appearance for the team since missing the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

19-year-old Chukwueze became the first Nigerian player born after the 1999 FIFA U20 World Cup to debut for the Super Eagles, as he started and dazzled in the International Friendly.

Simon, who was instrumental to Nigeria’s qualification for Russia but missed the tournament due to injury, came in as a substitute in the 69th minute to replace Ahmed Musa.

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Also making his first start in an official game for Nigeria was 25-year-old Rotherham United defender, Semi Ajayi.

Goalkeeper Daniel Akpeyi manned the goal for the first time since keeping against Argentina in a friendly last year.

The match was the first ever international football match at the Stephen Keshi stadium in Asaba, as several dignitaries and stars of the entertainment industry were present to entertain the fans.

The match also served as preparation for the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Cameroon as both teams had already booked their spots in the finals over the weekend.


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