Ghana, Nigeria draw 0-0 in friendly in England

Ghana's John Mensah and Nigeria striker Ideye Brown (right)
Ghana captain John Mensah battles Nigeria striker Ideye Brown (right) for the ball

Nigeria and Ghana failed to find a cutting edge as the African rivals fluffed a series of chances in a 0-0 draw in a friendly in London on Tuesday.

Nigeria striker Ideye Brown came closest to breaking the deadlock just before half-time.

He smashed a shot from 20 yards against the bar with Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey well beaten.

Ikechukwu Uche and Obinna Nsofor also squandered opportunities for Nigeria.

This came after the Super Eagles weathered early pressure from Ghana, which reached the World Cup quarter-finals last year.

Albert Adomah sent a volley just over the bar before Prince Tagoe drew two smart saves from Nigeria goalkeeper Austin Ejide.

Ghana substitute Asamoah Gyan headed over one of the best openings in the second half.

Black Stars coach Goran Stevanovic gave the opportunity to several young players to impress ahead of their participation in the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations.

Manchester City youngster Mohammed Abu, who is loan at Norwegian side Stromgodset, made his first start for Ghana while Italy-based defender Massawudu Alhassan made his Black Stars debut.

The game was played out against the backdrop of Nigeria's failure to qualify for the 2012 Africa Cup of Nations - a tournament for which Ghana qualified in relative comfort.