Still in the international zone, Nigeria's friendly with the Republic of Ireland would have come out well for our West African neighbours.
It ended 1-1. Goals scored by Michael Eneramo & Robbie Keane.
Shuaibu Amodu, the Super Eagles coach who was severely criticised after Nigeria opened their World Cup qualifying campaign with a goalless draw against Mozambique, has a high-profile friendly with France in Saint Etienne on Tuesday.
But of even greater importance is the World Cup qualifier against a resurgent Kenya in Abuja on 7 June.
Defeat there cannot be countenanced, so Nigeria's sturdy performance here - albeit with a largely second-string side - will have cheered the coach.