The Super Eagles of Nigeria and the Flames of Malawi played out a 1-1 draw in Blantyre on Saturday in a second round qualifier for the 2014 World Cup. Kano Pillars midfielder Gabriel Reuben put Nigeria ahead with a header in the 90th minute, but John Banda equalised for the home side two minutes into additional time.
After a hostile reception from Malawian football fans in Blantyre on Friday, the Eagles under Stephen Keshi should have won the match late on, as they did against Namibia last Sunday in Calabar when Ikechukwu Uche scored in the 80th minute.
The match was played at the 25,000-capacity Kamuzu Stadium in Blantyre and it was a sea of red colour. The Flames started the brighter and Eagles captain and goalkeeper, Vincent Enyeama made a save off Nyondo in the 10th minute to keep the match even.
Victor Moses almost scored his first goal for the Eagles on 33 minutes but the Malawian goalkeeper Simplex Nthara made a fine save, with the Super Eagles putting on pressure in search of the first goal.
In the 39th minute, Ikechukwu Uche was denied in a one-on-one situation as the Flames were saved again by goalkeeper Nthara but the Eagles earned a corner kick.
The second half saw the Nigerian team push hard for a goal but the Flames were resolute in their defensive display backed up by Nthara. Efe Ambrose got the first yellow card of the match in the 80th minute.
Nigeria scored in the 89th minute and would have thought they were coming home with the three points until Banda saved Kinnah Phiri’s blushes with a last minute equaliser two minutes into injury time.
Nigeria stay top of Group F with four points as the Malawians moved into second place after their two drawn matches. Namibia host Kenya in the second game later on Saturday