Gernot Rohr has played down Nigeria’s defeat to Cameroon in Friday’s friendly, declaring himself satisfied with how his players performed especially considering the absence of many regulars.
Fulham midfielder Andre Anguissa scored the game’s only goal in the 37th-minute to give the Indomitable Lions a first win against Nigeria in four games at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Vienna.
Nigeria had chances early on with Paul Onuachu and Moses Simon going close. William Troost-Ekong and Oghenekaro Etebo also tested the opposition’s goalkeeper after the break and Simon missed the best chance of the night when he blazed over from six yards as the Super Eagles dominated the second period.
It was a performance that left Rohr satisfied despite the result but the former Gabon manager lamented his side’s inability to make their dominance count.
Rohr gave debuts to Terem Moffi, Marcus Abraham and Valentine Ozornwafor and took positives from their performances.
“The most important is not the result, it was a test match so it was very interesting to see some new players. We missed seven or eight key players, so, of course, we had to manage the situation they did it well,” Rohr said after the match.
“I think we had 17 shots on goal while they only had three with one on target which was the goal and we had six on the target so our domination was not good enough, was not realistic enough because we had to score in the beginning of the game we did not, and when you don’t score, very often you get a goal and it was like that today.
“I saw interesting things, we had a good, good aggressiveness, we had a good integration of some players, three of them played for the first time for the Super Eagles.”
Nigeria will have another opportunity to trump Cameroon when both sides clash again on Tuesday at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt.