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It’s a big game – Rohr speaks on Cameroon friendly

Nigeria head coach Gernot Rohr can’t wait to rekindle the long rivalry between the Super Eagles and Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions when the continental arch-rivals clash in an international friendly on 4 June at the Weiner Neustadt Stadium in Vienna, Austria.

Rohr said he is happy with the match to help his players stay in shape following the postponement of the first and second matchdays of the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup qualifiers.

“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.

“It is a big test game and an opportunity to test the new players,” Rohr told CAFOnline.com.

Incidentally, this is the fourth time Rohr would be leading Nigeria against Cameroon since taking over the Super Eagles in 2016.

Nigeria defeated the Indomitable Lions 3-0 in a friendly in Belgium in October 2015, and have not lost to the Lions in regular time since a 1990 FIFA World Cup qualifier in Yaounde on 27th August 1989.

Under Rohr, the Super Eagles thrashed the Indomitable Lions with a 4-0 home win in Russia 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifiers and had a 1-1 draw in the reverse fixture in Yaounde. The Eagles also bested Cameroon 3-2 in an AFCON classic in Alexandria, Egypt in 2019.

“Of course, we are not going to play for the result against 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 AFCON,” Rohr, 67, further told CAFOnline.com.

“It is true that we beat them in the Russia 2018 World Cup qualifiers and at the last AFCON in a very interesting game of the Round of 16, but this friendly is going to be different. I’ve seen that they have a list of 28 players, but I’m hopeful all our players listed would be able to come for the match. I hope we are going to have a good weather in Vienna for this match,” he added.

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