Super Eagles

Nigeria Defeats Arch Rival Cameroon, Picks AFCON’s Quarter Finals Ticket

Nigeria’s Super Eagles have qualified for the quarter final stage of the ongoing African Cup of Nations (AFCON).

The tension-soaked match in Alexandria home of the Eagles at the tournament however produced five goals, three for Nigeria.

The age-long rivalry of the two neighbors and power brokers of African football was renewed but the West Africans were better than their central African rivals in Egypt.

The Nigerians would be missed in their Alexandria stadium base where they had played four games winning three.

“We have two days more to recuperate and we are not going to play in Alexandria again. We are going away from home, a nice city,” said Gernot Rorh, coach of the Super Eagles.

Two goals scorer, Odion Ighalo was grateful to God for the win. “I am very happy. I thank God we won the game, it was a difficult game but we fought very hard from start to the finish and this is a very good team work, this is very good for the team. We altogether congratulate the team,” he said, adding that, “We can score goal, we played better in the first half even though we were losing the game, we had to change the game plan and the goals came.”

The second game of the day would take place in Cairo between the host Egypt and winner of the 1996 edition, South Africa.

While Egypt is favoured being the home team, football is dynamic as the Bafana Bafana are also battle ready to contend for the ticket which is still available.

Nigerian cities are agog in celebration of the win against arch rivals, the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon.

The celebration would definitely go into the night as football fans are elated and waiting for the result of the Egypt versus South Africa match which would determine the next opponents of the eagles.

Match Statistics

Match statistics revealed that Nigeria had 40% ball possession while Cameroon had 60%.  Meanwhile Nigeria had 12(8) shots at goal while Cameroon had 11(6).

Nigeria had 18 fouls and Cameron had 14. There were 13 corner kicks out of which Nigeria had six. Cameroon had two of the three yellow cards of the match.

The central Africans were caught in offside positions four times while the Super Eagles were found once. The two teams made three substitutions each.

 

Post Author: Dayo Emmanuel