Nigeria Falls To Cameroon in Vienna


A 36th minute strike by Fulham striker, Anguissa Zambo, was all the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon needed to beat the Super Eagles of Nigeria 1-0 in an international friendly match played at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Vienna, Austria yesterday.

The Super Eagles were unbeaten in five matches before the international friendly game against the Indomitable Lions. The three-time African champions have not lost a match since they were edged out by a single goal against Algeria in an international friendly also played in Austria in October 2020.

Despite the injury crisis that hit his initial 28-man squad, Rohr fielded a strong starting XI with William Troost-Ekong wearing the captain’s armband while Kano Pillars forward Ahmed Musa was on the bench.

Gernot Rohr’s side started the encounter on the front foot with Paul Onuachu coming close to breaking the deadlock in the third minute. His header was parried by goalkeeper Simon Omossola and some moments later, he tried another attempt but it went wide of the target.

Despite Nigeria’s constant push for an opener, Cameroon opened the scoring through Zambo Anguissa’s strike in the 37th minute.

Later in the second half, Abraham Marcus, Terem Moffi and Valentine Ozornwafor were handed their international debuts after replacing Alex Iwobi, Paul Onuachu and Troost-Ekong.

Nigeria struggled to grab an equaliser but the goal ended up proving to be the difference between the two sides.

It was the first time Gernot Rohr’s men suffered a defeat against the Indomitable Lions after going unbeaten in their last three matches.

Nigeria have an opportunity to make up for Friday’s defeat when they tackle Cameroon again in another friendly match on Tuesday, also at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Vienna.


Chidi Nwoke.

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