The Super Eagles of Nigeria have lost 1 – 0 to African champions, Algeria, in a friendly match played in Klagenfurt, Austria.
Missing four of their regular players, Wilfred Ndidi, Joe Ayodele-Aribo, Oghenekaro Etebo and marksman Victor Osimhen for different reasons on Friday night, October 9, 2020, Nigeria had to start with an unfamiliar midfield trio of Oluwasemilogo Ajayi, debutant Frank Onyeka and Alex Iwobi, with left back Zaidu Sanusi getting Coach Gernot Rohr’s nod ahead of regular Jamilu Collins to earn his first cap.
The Fennecs started powerfully and quickly forced a corner kick in the third minute, which was bundled to safety; three minutes later, the African champions got the lead when Ramy Bensebaini reacted faster to a loose ball from another corner kick.
Channels TV reports that the goal was actually a reflection of the state of flow of the game, as the Algerians reacted faster and controlled the ball better. Iwobi, latching onto the ball as Samuel Chukwueze cut inside from the right, saw his shot blocked.
The Eagles came into the second half with determination to add more grit to their game, Mikel Agu coming in for Onyeka.
Friday’s encounter was the first ever friendly game between both Countries, as all their previous 21 games were at competitive level.