Angola’s Palancas Negras held the Super Eagles B to a 1-1 draw in a pre-African Nations Championship (CHAN) friendly in Pretoria on Wednesday. Midfield Trojan Paul Onobi was an early substitute as he sustained a knock in the 35th minute and was replaced by U-23 ace Usman Mohammed.
Angola later missed a penalty just before half time. The Negras, silver medalists at the 2nd African Nations Championship in Sudan five years ago, tried to pile pressure on the Eagles in the second half, but five substitutions made by Coach Sunday Oliseh kept the 2014 bronze medalists in the ascendancy.
Nigeria took the lead in the 84th minute when Ibrahim Attah Salau was upended in the Angolan box, with midfielder Bartholomew Ibenegbu making no mistake from the spot. Angola equalised from a corner kick with only two minutes left in the game. The Super Eagles have another top-notch friendly – against Cote d’Ivoire – in Pretoria on Monday. The Nigerian delegation is expected to arrive in Kigali on 15 January – three days to the Eagles’ first match of the 4th African Nations Championship, against Niger Republic.