Both African giants face off in the first of two friendlies on Friday, looking to continue preparations for their World Cup qualifiers which begin in September. Nigeria have had the upper hand over old foes Cameroon in recent competitive meetings. Their last encounter ended 3-2 to the Super Eagles at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt. Gernot Rohr remains unbeaten against the Indomitable Lions and he’ll want to preserve his unbeaten run against the Central African nation.
This cannot be emphasised enough. Nigeria have 20 players in their squad, while Cameroon expect 26 in camp. Three of the Super Eagles in the squad are goalkeepers, leaving Gernot Rohr with only six outfield players on the bench for Friday night. This essentially means the West African nation won’t have a wealth of options to choose from, thus limiting the wiggle room to impact the game. Several key players had to withdraw from the three-time African champions’ squad and their absences will be felt when the teams face off on Friday.
Nigerian senior national football team go take on di Indomitable Lions of Cameroon, on Friday. Di friendly game na to help Gernot Rohr men to stay in top shape ahead of September World Cup qualification games. Super Eagles go jam Liberia and Cape Verde for September World Cup qualifiers. With dis friendly match, Indomitable Lions and Super Eagles go meet for dia third international game inside 2021 Di last two matches na qualifiers for di Africa Cup of Nations. Toni Conceicao men no fit defeat Rohr team for dia last encounter during di 2019 Afcon Round of 16 encounter inside Alexandria.
In the first of two friendlies between the nations within a week, Nigeria and Cameroon square off in Austria on Friday. Both countries cruised through the qualifying stage for the African Cup of Nations, and they will now look to build momentum going into the tournament at the beginning of next year. The game looked set to end goalless until Paul Onuachu found the winning goal in the 93rd minute to seal all three points for the Super Eagles.
They then finished off the qualifying campaign with a 3-0 home victory over Lesotho, as Victor Osimhen, Peter Etebo and Onuachu all got on the scoresheet. That saw them book their place in next year’s continental competition, and they go in with a strong chance of lifting the trophy for the fourth time in their history, having failed to win it since 2013.
Their opponents find themselves in a similar situation, having also topped their qualification group with World Cup qualifying games looming. Cameroon did not end their African Cup of Nations qualification campaign well, as they lost 3-1 to Cape Verde before drawing 0-0 with Rwanda in the final game. However, their strong start ensured that Les Lions Indomptables finished at the top of their group, finishing on 11 points from six matches.
They will look to lift the trophy for the sixth time in their history, and regain the title that they won in 2017, when an 88th-minute Vincent Aboubakar goal sealed a 2-1 win over Egypt in the final after Nicolas Nkoulou cancelled out Mohamed Elneny’s opener.