Nigeria and Cameroon will meet once again at Stadion Wiener Neustadt in the second of a two-match friendly program in the Austrian capital Vienna.
Five-time African champion Cameroon defeated 1-0 in the first match at the same venue on Friday, thanks to a goal in the 36th minute from Andre Zambo Nguissa. The Super Eagles created one opportunity after another but failed to get the ball into the net.
Coach Gernot Rohr spoke at length about having to use a number of new players in the first session but is forced to do even more of that in Tuesday’s game following injuries to defenders William Ekong and Jamilu Collins, and the hit for the speedy winger Moses. Simon.
Simon seemed to be improving as of Monday morning, but the smart money is in him starting from the bench, just as Cyprus goalkeeper Francis Uzoho can start in goal against the Indomitable Lions. With the versatile Abdullahi Shehu pushed back from the midfield he was initially targeted for, and the pair of injuries from Friday’s match, Rohr has had to extend the invitation to Hungary-based Vincent Onovo to fight for his first internationalization. Onovo arrived at the team hotel just after Sunday dinner.
A three-man defense line is in sight, perhaps with Chidozie Awaziem, who impressed in that unit on Friday, Abdullahi and Ozornwafor. Another late guest, Anthony Izuchukwu from Slovakia, is another possibility. A loaded midfield could include Onovo, with Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Samson Tijani, and Abraham Marcus also on the streak.
Home professional Anayo Iwuala could get started, with Paul Onuachu, Peter Olayinka, Kelechi Iheanacho, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Terem Moffi, and Captain Ahmed Musa also to get a taste of the action.
After Friday’s game, Rohr told the media: “We lost seven key players due to injuries, so it was not our best team, but it was good to see other players. We are not happy to lose the game, but we did see some new and interesting young players. ”
Friday’s loss was Rohr’s first loss to Cameroon in four games. The Eagles defeated the Lions 4-0 in Uyo and met 1-1 in Yaoundé in qualifying matches for the 2018 FIFA World Cup in September 2017, and then beat the Lions 3-2 in the round of 16 final of the African Cup of Nations in Egypt. two years ago.
Despite being a friendly match, fierce rivals Cameroon were very happy to beat Nigeria for the first time since they won the African Cup of Nations final on penalties in Lagos 21 years ago. “We take the game seriously because we are playing against a tough opponent, a great match against a great opponent. It was important for us to show our preparation and I am happy to have won, ”said Cameroon forward Eric Choupo-Moting, who lives in Germany.
Game 2 winning reigns supreme at the Eagles’ Hilton Garden Inn campground in Wiener Neustadt, 46 kilometers from Vienna.
After an hour-long training session in light drizzle on Sunday morning, the three-time African champions will have their final training session at the match venue on Monday night. Captain Ahmed Musa says defeat in Tuesday’s game is not an option.
“We are not happy to have created so many chances and not to have scored. We will approach the game differently on Tuesday. Cameroon is a great rival and we are not happy to have lost the game on Friday ”.
Goalkeeper Maduka Okoye told thenff.com: “We got some positives from the first match against Cameroon. We played a good game and it was a shame they scored only with that shot on goal. However, we have shown that we are ready for AFCON with the strength of character that we displayed after conceding the goal. We are ready to do it on Tuesday. ”
Rookie Abraham Marcus said it was a dream come true for him to join the Nigerian camp. “When the coach introduced me to the game, the only thing he had in mind was to help the team get a tie. I hope I get another chance on Tuesday. ”
Both teams have qualified for the final phase of the 33rd African Cup of Nations, which will host Cameroon in January 2022. Nigeria finished at the top of their group winning four of six matches and drawing two, while Cameroon also edged out theirs although they had already classified themselves as hosts…
The two teams are using both matches to see their overall shape, form, and structure ahead of the 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches that start in September.