African champions, the Fennecs of Algeria on Friday defeated the Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in a friendly international played in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Ramy Bensebaini’s sixth-minute strike settled the score as the Super Eagles slumped to its second defeat in one year to the North Africans.
Bensebaini poked home from close range after the Eagles defence failed to clear the lines from a corner kick.
Thereafter, the Algerians were clearly the better side in the friendly tie, as the Eagles largely struggled for pace, and stability following the absence of midfield duo Wilfred Ndidi and Oghenekaro Etebo.
Despite the defeat, Nigeria coach, Gernot Rohr, will have some positives to take home from the match.
Sparta Rotterdam keeper, Maduka Okoye, will definitely stake a claim for the team’s number one position with his performance against the Algerians.
Returning right-back Tyrone Ebuehi was also impressive in Klagenfurt.
The on-loan Benfica defender performance on the night showed that he has truly recovered from the injury that sidelined him for more than two years.