Rohr eyes third win over Cameroon

Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr will be aiming for his third win in four games against Cameroon on Friday despite being without some of his key players for the game, The PUNCH reports.

The Eagles will be without Napoli striker Victor Osimhen, Simy Nwankwo, Leon Balogun, Semi Ajayi, Tyronne Ebuehi, Zaidu Sanusi, Ola Aina, Kenneth Omeruo and Kevin Akpoguma.

The game, billed for the Wiener Neustadt stadium in Vienna, will see both fierce rivals clash for the first time in two years.

Rohr’s Eagles have faced Cameroon thrice and twice they were on the winning side, with the latest coming in the quarter-finals of the 2019 AFCON tournament, a 3-2 triumph.

Overall, the Eagles are unbeaten in their last six matches against the Indomitable Lions and last lost to the Cameroonians at the 2000 AFCON final on penalties.

Now, Franco-German Rohr will be eager to make it three wins in a row for his side, having beaten Benin Republic and Lesotho in their final games of the 2021 Africa Cup of Nations qualifiers.

Ahead of the game, Rohr said he was satisfied with the sessions he had with his players and insisted the match against Cameroon was an opportunity to evaluate the new players.

“This friendly against Cameroon is an interesting game because we are going to have some of the new players, since some of our regular players will not be available due to injuries, and it is not easy to have everybody at this period because it is also the offseason period,” Rohr said after Tuesday’s training session.

“It is a big test and an opportunity to test the new players.

“Of course, we are not going to play for the result in Cameroon in Austria, but it’s an opportunity to see our boys and see something different with our systems against a very good team that will host the next Africa Cup of Nations.”