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Eagles target 12th win over Cameroon’s Lions

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Eagles target 12th win over Cameroon’s Lions

Isifu Wirfengla
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The Super Eagles will aim to achieve a 12th triumph over the Lions of Cameroon when both teams go for each other’s jugular at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium, Uyo on Friday.
In 19 previous encounters, Nigeria have been winners 11 times, with Cameroon winning four times and four matches drawn.
Of these games, three happened to be the Final matches of the Africa Cup of Nations (all won by Cameroon, including a nail –biting penalty shoot-out session in Lagos in February 2000), and there were two different fixtures of FIFA World Cup qualifiers (1968 and 1989) shared equally.
Nigeria eliminated Cameroon from the qualifying race for 1970 World Cup finals, winning 3-2 in Douala after a 1-1 draw in Lagos. But the Lions took their revenge in 1989, snatching the minimum win they needed in Yaounde (1-0) to kick the Eagles out of the race for Italia ’90, only two weeks after Sam Okwaraji’s death.
While Cameroonians treasure the wins in Abidjan (1984), Casablanca (1988) and Lagos (2000) that gave them three of their five African titles, Nigerians have sweet memories of a 2-0 defeat of the Lions in Ibadan (in 1989) and a gutsy 2-1 win over Cup holders Cameroon in the quarter finals of 2004 Africa Cup of Nations in the sunshine of Monastir.
When the two teams last clashed, at the Edmond Machtens Stadium in Brussels in October 2015, the Eagles ran away 3-0 winners. Efe Ambrose rose highest in the Lions’ box to nod home a Mikel John Obi free-kick, before Moses Simon rounded the goalkeeper for the second goal and Odion Ighalo headed the third after a splendid pull –out by Elderson Echiejile.
Mikel Obi, Simon, Ighalo and Echiejile are in the Nigerian squad that will seek a repeat scoreline on Friday.

NIGERIA & CAMEROON AT SENIOR LEVEL

8 Dec 1962: Nigeria 3 Cameroon 1 – Lagos (Nkrumah Cup)
1 Jan 1963: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 2 – Yaoundé (Nkrumah Cup)
7 Dec 1968: Nigeria 1 Cameroon 1 – Lagos (World Cup Qualifier)
22 Dec 1968: Cameroon 2 Nigeria 3 – Douala (World Cup Qualifier)
13 Feb 1972: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 2 – Yaoundé (Friendly)
22 Jan 1975: Nigeria 1 Cameroon 0 – Lagos (Friendly)
17 July 1978: Cameroon 0 Nigeria 0 – Algiers (All-Africa Games)
2 Feb 1980: Nigeria 0 Cameroon 0 – Ibadan – (Friendly)
18 Mar 1984: Cameroon 3 Nigeria 1 – Abidjan (AFCON Final)
17 Mar 1988: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 1 – Rabat (AFCON – group phase)
27 Mar 1988: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 0 – Casablanca (AFCON Final)
10 Jun 1989: Nigeria 2 Cameroon 0 – Ibadan (World Cup Qualifier)
27 Aug 1989: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 0 – Yaounde (World Cup Qualifier)
25 Jan 1992: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 2 – Dakar (AFCON – Bronze medal game)
7 Aug 1997: Cameroon 0 Nigeria 1 – Tunis (LG Cup)
13 Feb 2000: Nigeria 2 Cameroon 2 (3-4 penalties) – Lagos (AFCON Final)
1 Jun 2003: Nigeria 3 Cameroon 0 – Lagos (LG Cup)
8 Feb 2004: Cameroon 1 Nigeria 2 – Monastir (AFCON– group phase)
11 Oct 2015: Nigeria 3 Cameroon 0 – Brussels (Friendly)

Source: Nigeria Football Federation, NFF


Isifu Wirfengla
Isifu Wirfengla

Isifu Michael WIRFENGLA is holder of a Bsc. in Journalism and taking postgraduate studies in Information and Communication Sciences from the University of Yaounde 2. He has five years of broadcast experience. Apart from freelance/sports reporting, he is a trained, practising football referee in Cameroon.

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