The race to get to Russia 2018 will enter another phase this Friday for the Super Eagles as they take on the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon in the first of their two games in the qualifying series.
Though the general feeling is that Nigeria and Cameroon are fierce rivals as far as football is concerned in Africa, statistics and head-to-head record suggest otherwise.
Going into Friday’s game at the Nest of Champions in Uyo, the Super Eagles will be aiming to achieve a 12th triumph over the Lions of Cameroon.
In 19 previous encounters, Nigeria have been winners 11 times, with Cameroon winning four times and four matches were drawn.
It is, however, important to note that 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.
Indeed, both Nigeria and Cameroon are not treating the upcoming world cup qualifiers with kid gloves.
The President of the Nigeria Football Federation, Amaju Pinnick, has charged the Super Eagles to commit all they’ve got into Friday’s crucial clash against the Lions of Cameroon in Uyo.
Nigeria with six points in the kitty are four points better than second –placed Cameroon, who arrive with the tag of African champions and believe their physique and aggressive play would prove a mountain to surmount for the rampaging Eagles.
Having disappointed many in their last outing against South Africa, Pinnick has charged the Eagles to approach the game with a never-say-die mentality at the Godswill Akpabio International Stadium.
“This is a very crucial match and the players know so. The Cameroonians are not coming here to simply appraise the serenity and beauty of the city of Uyo; they are coming to contest the three points.
“The Super Eagles must throw everything – their body, heart and spirit – into the game. Those three points are very important to our FIFA World Cup qualification campaign, and I am confident we will get them.”
Source: Premium Times