AFCON: Buhari hails Eagles, asks team to remain focused after defeating Cameroon

Jul 07, 2019, 00:58
AFCON: Buhari hails Eagles, asks team to remain focused after defeating Cameroon

In 2004, Austin Jay Jay Okocha spearheaded an unbelievable 2-1 defeat of the Indomitable Lions in a quarter final match at the Stade Mustapha Ben Jannet in Monastir, Tunisia and in a recent 2018 FIFA World Cup African qualifying series, the Super Eagles whipped the Lions 4-0 in Uyo and were forced to a 1-1 draw in Yaounde.

The Round of 16 tie at AFCON 2019 saw Cameroon handed the first chance to score after 16 minutes, through a Pierre Kounde corner-kick, but Michael Ngadeu-Ngadj's header inside the box sailed over the crossbar.

Ighalo's deflected shot gave Nigeria the lead before Bahoken side-footed the equaliser after Christian Bassogog's cross.

Title-defenders square off against title-hopefuls Nigeria.

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After losing to Madagascar, the usual suspects such as Alex Iowbi and Odion Igahlo returned for Nigeria with the Cameroonians putting their best foot forward too.

Both sides have had disruptions before and during the tournament, but this is knockout football - and there can be no excuses.

Ighalo levelled again for Nigeria in the 63rd minute amid suspicions of offside before Alex Iwobi snatched the victor for the jubilant Super Eagles three minutes later.

Odion Ighalo scored twice and teed up Alex Iwobi's winning goal as Nigeria eliminated defending Africa Cup of Nations champions Cameroon after a thrilling 3-2 victory in Alexandria on Saturday.

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This worrying spell forced Gernot Rohr to a 60th minute change, as Samuel Chukwueze came on for Moses Simon to launch their come back.

Ahead of Saturday's outing, Rohr disclosed that he is anticipating a strong challenge from the Indomitable Lions as they aim to bounce back from their latest setback.

Both teams last clashed on the road to Russian Federation 2018 with Nigeria winning the home game in Uyo 4-0 before the held the Cameroonians 1-1 in the reverse leg in Yaounde.

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