Nigeria’s Super Eagles stumbled in their 2026 FIFA World Cup qualifying campaign, failing to secure a victory in their first two matches. They were held to a disappointing 1-1 draw against Zimbabwe at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda.
The match at the Huye Stadium in Rwanda started with Zimbabwe taking the lead in the 26th minute. Walter Mosuna scored from a freekick over 30 yards out, leaving Francis Uzoho no chance as the ball curled into the left side of the net.
The Super Eagles responded in the 67th minute when substitute Kelechi Iheanacho equalized. Iheanacho slotted the ball into the bottom right corner of goalkeeper Bernard Donovan’s net to mark his 15th goal for the senior national team on his 50th appearance.
Nigeria pushed for a winner but could not break down the Zimbabwean defense. Substitute Tanaka Shandirwa almost snatched the victory for Zimbabwe in the 95th minute with a shot from just outside the box, but his effort went over the bar.
The draw is disappointing for Nigeria, who were expected to make a strong start to their World Cup qualifying campaign.