Nigeria held Cameroon to a 0-0 draw in Tuesday’s international friendly at Stadion
Wiener Neustadt. despite Cameroon’s dominance for almost 80 minutes of play.
The Cameroonians somehow did not manage to win this game while the Nigerian team
looked short of ideas and couldn’t work as a collective unit.
The game played in Austria against Toni Conceicao’s side at Stadion Wiener Neustadt
saw Maduka Okoye retain his place in goal while Super Eagles captain and Kano Pillars
winger Ahmed Musa returned to the starting line-up.
In form Galatasaray defender Valentine Ozornwafor also led the defense, while Leicester
City forward Kelechi Iheanacho and Genk forward Paul Onuachu led the attack.
Following their 1-0 defeat to the Indomitable Lions last week Gernot Rohr named a
strong squad for the encounter to avoid another loss.
Meanwhile, Cameroon coach Toni Conceicao started Bayern Munich center-forward
Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting in attack, Devis Epassy in goal, while Andre-Frank Zambo
Anguissa who scored in the first leg against Nigeria had to be on the bench.
In the early minutes of the game, both sides tried to outmaneuver each other with
Cameroon coming out as the stronger side, dominating most of the first half.
Goalkeeper Okoye had to be in top form to deny Cameroon from scoring.
Seeing that his lineup was not working coach Rohr replaced Onuachu with Terem Moffi
in the 46th minute while Cameroon’s Stephane Bahoken replaced Choupo-Moting.
Pierre Kunde was then replaced by Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa, who scored the only
the goal in the first outing.
The Super Eagles still couldn’t create any clear cut chances and had to wait till the last
ten minutes when the Cameroonians were clearly tired, for them to make meaningful
forays in attack, at the end the game ended in a 0-0 draw.
The Super Eagles will next take on Mexico in another international friendly scheduled
for July 4 as they prepare for the World Cup qualifiers against Liberia and Cape Verde
Islands in August and September, respectively.