By Adeboye Amosu:
Nigeria suffered a 2-0 defeat against Democratic Republic of Congo in a friendly game at the Vise Stadium, Belgium on Thursday.
The Super Eagles were totally outplayed by their opponents who scored the opening goal of the encounter through Norwich City forward, Dieumerci Mbokani, as Sunday Oliseh fell to his first defeat as Nigeria coach.
The three-time African champions struggled to get going afterwards with the duo of Mikel Obi and Rabiu Ibrahim finding it difficult to get the ball forward to Odion Ighalo in attack.
The Congolese struck again in the 31st minute with Jordan Nkololo converting home from close range following a beautiful cross from the right side of the Nigeria defence.
Lazio of Italy midfielder Ogenyi Onazi came close to reducing the deficit for Nigeria four minutes before the break, but his well-struck free-kick was parried into a corner kick by Madanda in goal for the Leopards.
Oliseh introduced Emmanuel Emenike and Moses Simon for Sylvester Igboun and Rabiu Ibrahim at the start of the second half, but the changes failed to make the desired effect as the Eagles struggled to create clear-cut chances.
Mikel weighed in a couple of shots outside the box, but failed to beat the Congolese goalie.
Alex Iwobi came in for his debut in place of captain Ahmed Musa in the 57th minute.
Congo threatened to score more goals with Yannick Bolasie having a goal chalked off for offside.
Emenike came close to scoring a consolation goal for the Eagles late in the game but couldn’t get past the impressive Madanda.
The Super Eagles will next play Cameroon in Brussels on Sunday.