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

Nigeria striker Ideye Brown came closest to breaking the deadlock just before halftime, smashing a shot from 20 yards (meters) against the bar with Ghana goalkeeper Adam Kwarasey well beaten.

Ikechukwu Uche and Obinna Nsofor also squandered opportunities for Nigeria after the team weathered early pressure from Ghana, which reached the World Cup quarterfinals last year.

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

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