It was the first game for Nigeria manager, Gernot Rohr, as he opted for an attacking team with England-based quartet of Kelechi Iheanacho, Odion Ighalo, Ahmed Musa and Victor Moses named in the starting eleven.
Despite the huge crowd cheering them on at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium in Uyo on Saturday, the Eagles had to wait till the 78th minute before they could register the first and only goal of the game.
Tanzania keeper Manula gave a man-of-the-match display, stopping the Eagles on a number of occasions. But the shot-stopper had no answer to an Iheanacho thunderbolt in the 78th minute.
Two minutes after kickoff, Ighalo smashed Iheanacho’s pass over the top under a close challenge in the box.
Nigeria continued to show that this was not going to be a dead rubber game as it was Moses’ turn to take a pop at goal. The Chelsea man’s free kick from 22 yards whizzed past the top right hand corner of Aishi Manula in goal for Tanzania.
10 minutes into the game, Musa provided a layoff for Moses after skipping past two markers but the Chelsea man could not apply the finish.
A cutback, two minutes later, from Nigeria captain, Mikel Obi, picked out Musa in Tanzania’s penalty area but the Leicester winger kicked the air and had a second attempt at goal when he toe-poked straight at the Tanzanian keeper Maunula.
Midway into the first half, Manchester City youngster, Iheanacho, set up himself and struck with precision rather than power with his left foot but Manula produced a good save to keep his team in the game.
The restart produced the same scenario as Nigeria continued to press with Tanzania waiting for counter-attacks that never came or were broken down by the Super Eagles defence of Leon Balogun, William Troost-Ekong, Musa Mohammed and Echiejile.
With 12 minutes to time. The Manchester City striker picked up a short corner, ran into space to set up himself on his left foot before striking fiercely from the edge of the box to see the ball comes off the under side of the crossbar and go in for the winner.
Nigeria finish in second behind Egypt in Group G.