The Super Eagles of Nigeria lost 0-1 to the Desert Foxes of Algeria in an international friendly played in Austria on Friday.
A fifth-minute strike by Ramy Bensebaini settled following a corner kick routine matters at the Worthesee Stadium in Klagenfurt, in what was a below-par performance by the Eagles.
Coach Gernot Rohr had to do without regulars Wilfried Ndidi, Oghenekaro Etebo, Joe Aribo and Victor Osimhen, and their absence told on the game with the three-time African champions lacking cohesion in the middle of the park and in attack as well.
Everton forward Alex Iwobi had the Eagles’ best chance in the 21st-minute with a long-range effort that went just wide.
In the second half, the Eagles failed to record a single shot on target, as the Algerians piled on the pressure.
The defeat was the 11th the Eagles have suffered under Rohr.
The likes of Maduka Okoye, making the starting list for the first time; Zaidu Sanusi, a debutant at left-back; regular player, Alex Iwobi; and Tyronne Ebuehi – making his first international appearance since the 2018 World Cup because of a lengthy spell on the sidelines – were singled out as some of the best performers on the night.
The Eagles will take on Tunisia in their next international friendly at the Jacques Lemans Arena, Austria, on Tuesday.