Super Eagles manger Gernot Rohr has said he is pleased with the result and his team’s performance in the 1-1 draw against Cameroon in Yaoundé on Monday night.
The Indomitable Lions forced the Super Eagles to a 1-1 draw at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaoundé in the 2018 FIFA World Cup matchday 4 encounter.
Moses Simon gave Nigeria the lead in the 30th minute as the visitors went into the break leading. Cameroon coach Hugo Broos who was criticized for his formation introduced Christian Bassogog and Aboubacar Vincent early in the second half.
The African champions dominated the second half and got their equalizer in the 75th minute from the spot. Super Eagles goalkeeper Ikechukwu Ezenwa brought down Djoum Arnaud inside his box and Gambian referee Bakary Gassama pointed to the spot, Aboubacar stepped up and converted the equalizer for both teams to share the spoils.
“It was a different Cameroonian team we played today,” said Rohr. “The tactical set up was different from the game in Uyo. It is natural when you lose away from home with such big scoreline and you have a chance to play at home next, it was expected they would fight better to avoid such defeat at home.
“They had three fresh players in the line-up while we started the same team that played in Uyo last week. It was a physical game and we were able to survive several scaring moments in the game.
“Our target was to get four points from the two games and we achieve that. Some players were tired but we can’t change more than three, we had several situations but we were able to manage them. I am happy with the one point, it was our target to win at home and get a point in Yaoundé. Mission accomplished, we are now looking forward to the next game against Zambia.”
Nigeria sit top of Group B with 10 points from four games. Zambia are still in the race with four points from three matches. Algeria will host Zambia on Tuesday in Algiers.
Meanwhile, Cameroon are third with 3 points from four matches and without any hope of qualifying for next year’s football mundial.