The Super Eagles and the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon met again barely three days after their 24th encounter last Friday in a second friendly encounter.
A drab friendly was marked by both teams’ uneven performances, plagued by missed passes and incoherent play. The Lions had no shots on target after 90 minutes plus three minutes, while the Eagles had three, despite the Lions, the five-time African champions, having 52 percent ball control.
Valentine Ozornwafor and Ahmed Musa began in place of the injured William Troost Ekong and Musa replaced the relatively ineffectual Oghenekaro Etebo in Gernot Rohr’s starting lineup from Friday.
Since taking over the national team in August 2016, the Nigerian Super Eagles have lost 11 of the 46 matches in which Gernot Rohr has been on the bench. In that period, he has coached the squad in 17 friendly matches, winning four, losing six, and drawing seven.
Terem Moffi replaced Onuachu at the start of the second half to earn his second cap, and the Lorient top scorer had a fast opportunity to score three minutes into the second half, but his shot from the outside of the box was missed.
Abraham Marcus made his first appearance in the 67th minute, replacing Jamilu Collins. Captain Ahmed Musa was replaced by Anayo Iwuala. In the 71st minute, Karl Toko Ekambi had a chance to win the game for the Lions, but his header inside the area was wayward.
In the last minutes, the Eagles had a flurry of goal scoring opportunities, with Kelechi Iheanacho firing on target, but his goal-bound shot was diverted for a corner. Chidozie Awaziem leapt highest from the next corner, but his header was wide off-target.
Maduka Okoye; Jamilu Collins, Shehu Abdullahi, Valentine Ozornwafor, Chidozie Awaziem; Wilfred Ndidi, Alex Iwobi, Moses Simon, Ahmed Musa (C); Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu; Kelechi Iheanacho, Paul Onuachu