The Manchester City striker cancelled out Moussa Sow’s opener to ensure Gernot Rohr’s men share the spoils with the Teranga Lions.
The Senegalese started the brighter of both sides in the opening 20 minutes with Idrissa Gueye exerting his influence. And their best chance of the half fell to Moussa Sow, who had earlier struck the post, gave Senegal the lead in the 54th minute following a cross from Idrissa Gueye..
Halfway into the match, Super Eagles skipper for the night, Ogenyi Onazi was stretched off after collision with the Teranga Lions striker, Mame Diouf. The Trabzonspor midfielder was replaced by John Ogu.
And Ogu’s combination with Wilfred Ndidi at the heart of the midfield shifted the momentum to the Rohr’s men.
Nigeria could have gone ahead on two occasions, both opportunities falling to Iheanacho. The Manchester City man fizzled a low shot across the face of the Senegalese goal before missing a point blank effort after some good work from Alex Iwobi and Moses Simon. The first half ended goalless.
After the interval, the Senegalese regained dominance and were rewarded nine minutes into the half after Sow benefited from poor defending to get the curtain raiser.
Rohr rang the changes with Ogenekaro Etebo and debutant, Isaac Success coming on for Iwobi and Moses respectively.
Etebo almost had an instant impact after an Eagles’ breakaway saw Iheanacho release the Feirense attacker whose effort was parried.
However, the Eagles would have the final say in the match after Iheanacho was tripped in the area by goalkeeper Pape Ndiaye and the youngster made no mistake from 12-yard out to rescue Nigeria from their first loss under Rohr. The strike also marked his fifth in his last six games for the national team.
Nigeria next face Burkina Faso in a friendly on Monday, March 27 on the same venue