Nigeria’s Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon will clash again at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in the second of a two-match friendly programme in the Austrian capital, Vienna.
Gernot Rohr’s men lost the first outing against the Indomitable Lions 1-0 on Friday at the same venue, with Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa scoring the only goal.
Coach Gernot Rohr talked about using new players in the tie, but he is compelled to do even more of that in Tuesday’s encounter following injuries to defenders William Ekong and Jamilu Collins, and the knock for winger Moses Simon.
After Friday’s game, Rohr told the media: “We missed 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 saw some interesting new young players.”
Friday’s defeat was Rohr’s first loss to Cameroon in four matches. The Eagles pounded the Lions 4-0 in Uyo and were held 1-1 in Yaounde in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in September 2017, and then edged the Lions 3-2 in the Round of 16 at the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt two years ago.
Cameroonian striker, Eric Choupo-Moting, after the encounter said: “We took the game seriously because we played against a tough opponent; a big game against a big rival. It was important for us to show our preparations, and I’m happy we won.”
Captain Ahmed Musa had said defeat in Tuesday’s game is not an option.
“We are not happy to have created so many chances and fail to score. We will approach the game differently on Tuesday. Cameroon is a big rival and we are not happy to have lost the game on Friday.”
Both teams have qualified for the finals of the 33rd Africa Cup of Nations, which Cameroon will host in January 2022. Nigeria finished top of their group winning four of six matches and drawing two, while Cameroon also topped theirs, though they had already qualified as hosts.