The Super Eagles of Nigeria will tonight lock horns with the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in a battle of the Titans in Austria tonight at SC Wiener Neustadt Stadium.
The match may be a friendly match in nature but both sides will definitely take it seriously as preparation for the Qatar 2022 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers intensify.
Captain Ahmed Musa and forward Paul Onuachu arrived at the camp of Nigeria’s Super Eagles in Austria ahead of Friday’s prestige international friendly.
On Tuesday, 18 players were on hand to limber up at the training pitch of the Stadion Wiener Neustadt in Vienna, where both fierce rivals will do battle in what is their first clash in two years.
For Cameroon 25 players took part in the only training session on Wednesday, June 2, 2021. Captain Michael Ngadeu and Choupo Moting are all part of the Cameroon camp in Austria.
Fabrice Ondoa suffered an Injury during the training session on Tuesday in the morning and will miss the match tonight but could return for the meeting on June 8. Blondy Noukeu meanwhile is out for both matches.
Cameroon’s Indomitable Lions have had a lot of laughs at the expense of the Super Eagles in principally Africa Cup of Nations finals – 1984, 1988 and 2000. But the Eagles edged the neighbours to the east 3-2 in the quarter finals of the last AFCON in Egypt two years ago, mauled the Lions 3-0 in a friendly in Belgium in October 2015 and were vastly superior over two legs in 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifying matches in September 2017.
The arrival of the inspirational Musa and Belgium –based Onuachu on Wednesday morning brought the number of players in Nigeria’s camp to 20. Others are goalkeepers Maduka Okoye, Francis Uzoho and John Noble; defenders William Ekong, Valentine Ozornwafor, Chidozie Awaziem and Jamilu Collins; midfielders Wilfred Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Abdullahi Shehu, Abraham Marcus and Samson Tijani and; forwards Alex Iwobi, Kelechi Iheanacho, Anayo Iwuala, Terem Moffi and Peter Olayinka.
After Tuesday’s training, Technical Adviser Gernot Rohr said he was satisfied with the session, and insisted the match against the Lions is an avenue to assess and evaluate what a number of new players can bring to the group.
The Super Eagles are drawn in Group C alongside Cape Verde, Central Africa Republic and Liberia.
Cameroon are in Group D with the Ivory Coast, Mozambique and Malawi.
Kickoff is set for 9:30 pm East Africa Time.
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