5 September 2017
By James Ojo
Super Eagles Coach, Gernot Rohr has attributed Nigeria’s 1 – 1 draw against Cameroon on Monday to the inability of his side to contain the physicality of the Indomitable Lions in the second half of the game.
Moses Simon’s first half goal had put Nigeria in a good position to qualify for next year’s World Cup billed for Russia but Vincent Aboubakar’s penalty ensured the game ended in stalemate.
While many expressed disappointment in the Eagles’ failure to secure the three vital points, Rohr said he was satisfied with the outcome of the match played at the Ahmadou Ahidjo Stadium, Yaoundé.
“It was a different team of Cameroon. They had three fresh players. We had the same team,” he said after the game.
“And physically in the second half, we had problems, but we are very happy about this point because our goal was to have four points against Cameroon.
“We did very well in the first game and today was a game we didn’t want to make a spectacle; we just wanted to get the points.
“If they didn’t have that penalty we’d have got all three points. We are very satisfied with the result.”
The Super Eagles will be hoping to seal their spot in next year’s showpiece in Russia when they face Zambia in their next game on October 7 at the Godswill Akpabio Stadium, Uyo.