Super Eagles manager, Gernot Rohr has invited another defender for Nigeria’s friendly against the Indomitable Lions on Cameroon as a replacement for injured Willam Troost-Ekong, and he has revealed the reason for the call-up.
Troost-Ekong limped off in the one-nil loss to Cameroon, while left-back Jamilu Collins has also been ruled out of the second match, and Rohr has invited Ujpest of Hungary midfielder Vincent Onovo, who can also play as a central defender.
Speaking with the Super Eagles media after Monday’s training, Rohr said: “We decided to invite Onovo because we did not have any defender on the bench. He came from Hungary which is not far, two hours by car.”
He then added that the team will have two defenders on the bench, saying: “He came in the lady moment and did well in training. He can play central defence or defensive midfield and with Anthony [Izuchukwu] we now have two guys on the bench who can come in.”
As part of the defensive adjustments, Rohr said Moses Simon also trained in defence and did well. Rohr continued: “We have Moses Simon who can play full-back, he did it very well in the training session and [Abraham] Marcus who normally is a winger but had to play left-back and did well.”
The Super Eagles of Nigeria will take on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon at the second friendly game in four days at the Stadion Wiener Neustadt by 5 pm Nigerian time.