Super Eagles boss, Gernot Rohr has hinted at a change in formation for the upcoming second friendly match against Cameroon.
The three-time African Champions lost 1-0 to the Indomitable Lions in the first friendly encounter for both sides on Friday night in Austria.
Fulham midfielder Andre-Frank Zambo Anguissa scored a first half winner on Friday night and the German is hoping for an improved performance in the second game. Interestingly, Nigeria’s defeat against Cameroon was the first in 21 years against their neighbours.
Speaking after the encounter, Rohr revealed captain William Troost-Ekong and Jamilu Collins will definitely miss the second friendly encounter between both nations due to injuries suffered in Friday night’s clash.
According to Rohr, their forced absence could leave him to change the system of the Super Eagles and see him play with a three-man defence in the Tuesday friendly encounter set to take place at the same venue in Austria.
“Unfortunately, we lost two other players to injuries and it will be difficult for the second game to [set up the] defence as Ekong and Collins are out – they cannot play – so we have to manage a difficult situation,” Rohr said in the post-match interview.
The German tactician added, “But it’s an opportunity to play with three defenders and to change the system a little bit, to try something different. That’s why we’re happy to have this second game.”
Rohr’s comment could see Valentine Ozonwafor make his first start for the Super Eagles after coming on for the injured Troost-Ekong to get his first national team cap on Friday.