The Hertha striker commented on the compliments afterwards, as did U21 trainer Antonio di Salvo.
Ngankam paid his coach’s confidence in him back promptly. The Berlin native punched his way into the penalty area to produce the game’s first scoring chance inside of ten minutes. Later in the first-half, he would draw a penalty kick and convert it himself.
“He [Ngankam] did very well,” Flick remarked in his interview with German broadcaster ProSieben MAXX, “Just like on the short-training-field. He dribbled in and converted the penalty himself.”
“I thank Mr. Flick for the compliment,” Ngankam himself added after the full-time whistle, “I just did what I always do, head out on the pitch and take my risks.”
Di Salvo conducted his own post-match interview, in which he was visibly enthused about the attendance of both Flick and Völler at his team’s match. The U21 trainer spoke of a “first for German football” in such a friendly match.
“He [Ngankam] played a very good match,” di Salvo noted, “We’re pleased to have players like him. That’s what we’re looking for. Now it’s off to Romania [for one final friendly before this summer’s U21European Championship]. We’ll see how the lads will react to the crowd there.