Super Eagles boss Gernot Rohr has revealed a number of personnel decisions ahead of Tuesday’s second friendly with Cameroon in Vienna.
Nigeria lost the first encounter last Friday with Andre Anguissa scoring the winner for the Indomitable Lions.
And following their final training session on Monday, an upbeat Rohr who has had to contend with further injury worries after William Troost-Ekong and Jamilu Collins picked up knocks in the first game revealed three players who came in from the bench in the 1-0 loss will be in from the start on Tuesday.
“The observations are positive because now some of the players who arrived from Nigeria especially who were not so fit for the first game, they recovered well and we could have some interesting training sessions so I think we will be better physically,” he told NFF media.
“There will be some changes in the team, of course, the goalkeeper will change also for this match Francis [Uzoho] will start the game then also [Ahmed] Musa will start now he’s fit and we lost [William Troost-Ekong] so Valentine [Ozornwafor] will come in for the first time.”
The Super Eagles are yet to win in Austria in four games and Rohr while stressing Tuesday’s game is more about the performance and assessing new players than winning, said the record is something he hopes will read differently following the game.
“These matches are made to test some players who could not play so much and also to have perhaps a new organisation, maybe try something different and we want to win it also,” he said.
“We never won in Austria, this country for us is four games now but the most important is not the result the most important is to progress, to learn, to work. We have some experience now we interested in new players now what they can do in this match tomorrow against Cameroon.”
The injuries to Troost-Ekong and Collins left the Eagles severely undermanned in defence, making worse an already dire situation after several regulars in the original list withdrew with injuries.
Defender Vincent Onovo who plays for Hungarian side Újpest was drafted to shore up the numbers and Rohr revealed he could trial players in unusual positions after they excelled in training.
“We didn’t have any defenders no more on the bench so we needed one he’s coming from Hungary it’s not so far away, he came in the last moment, he made a good training, he can play central defence or defensive midfielder and also with Anthony [Izuchukwu] we have now two guys on the bench who can come in.
“We have even Moses Simon who can play full-back he did it very well in the training session and also Marcus [Abraham] who is normally a winger had to play left-back he did it very well.”