Lackluster Nigeria held by Zimbabwe in World Cup qualifiers

Kelechi Iheanacho

Kelechi Iheanacho’s 67th minute goal saved the Super Eagles’ blushes on Sunday as they continued on a bumpy ride in the 2026 World Cup Qualification Competition.

The goal drew the Nigerian side level for a 1-1 ending against Zimbabwe in their Group C Match Day 2 fixture at Butare in Rwanda.

The News Agency of Nigeria (NAN) reports that Walter Musona had given the game’s hosts a 26th minute lead from a free-kick from about 30 metres out.

The goal again underlined the need for the Nigerian team’s technical crew to have a re-think about their goalkeeping department.

It was a kick goalkeeper Francis Uzoho should have been able to do something about, given the distance, but he only leapt when it was too late.

NAN reports that the result means the Nigeria have only two points from two matches in the group, and will host South Africa on June 5 in their Match Day 3 fixture.