Gernot Rohr reveals two problems Cameroon have ahead of AFCON round of 16 clash against Nigeria 

Published: January 26, 2024
Gernot Rohr reveals two problems Cameroon have ahead of AFCON round of 16 clash against Nigeria 

Former Super Eagles coach Gernot Rohr has highlighted two problems Cameroon are facing before their 2023 Africa Cup of Nations round of 16 clash against Nigeria at the Felix Houphouet Boigny Stadium, Abidjan on Saturday. 


Rohr revealed that the Indomitable Lions are plagued by defensive woes with six goals conceded in three matches during the group stage, an average of two goals per game. 


Another grey area he pointed out is the strained relationship between goalkeeper Andre Onana and manager Rigobert Song


After conceding three goals against Senegal, the Manchester United goalkeeper was controversially dropped from the starting lineup as the Indomitable Lions came from behind to beat the Gambia.


Rohr has predicted that the Super Eagles will beat Cameroon once again just as they did in the last 16 of the 2019 AFCON. 


"They have the best player in Africa so I'm sure they will qualify but it will be difficult of course because Cameroon is becoming strong again with this victory against the Gambia in the last minute but they still have little defensive problems," Rohr said to The Guardian UK reporter Osasu Obayiuwana. 

"They have problems inside the group, the goalkeeper relationship. Nigeria must avoid these problems."


Rohr praised Cameroon for their never-say-die attitude, saying they showed character to come from behind in their last outing against the Gambia and the 2021 AFCON third place playoff versus Burkina Faso. 


"Crazy match, when you see the match you think it's finished as they were losing 2-1 five minutes to the end. In the last AFCON they were losing 3-0 to Burkina Faso and in ten minutes they came back to 3-3, which means these players never accept defeat.

"They believe they are strong mentally and this fighting spirit they have is wonderful but Nigeria can have it also, We did it against the same team in the last 16 in Alexandria. You can be down by one or two goals and still win it.

"It's a question of the spirit, mental strength, discipline, solidarity and fighting spirit. Most of the players, I know them very well in Nigeria, they can do it," the former Bayern Munich defender concluded.





Igho Kingsley 



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