A thrilling clash awaits at Felix Houphouet-Boigny Stadium as old foes Nigeria and Cameroon battle it out in the round of 16 of the 2023 AFCONS.
The Super Eagles qualified as Group C runners-up, with Equatorial Guinea clinching the top spot on goal difference. Cameroon also made the bow with their late dramatic victory against the Gambia on Monday. The Indomitable Lions dethroned Guinea with the number of goals scored to qualify as group C runner up.
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The three-time continental champions finished second in Group A behind Equatorial Guinea despite claiming the same number of wins (2) and draws (1) but separated with goal difference. Peseiro’s team has demonstrated a high defensive solidity in the group stage. They kept the most clean sheets during the group stage round, keeping two clean sheets and conceding just one goal in three matches.
Nigeria likes to sit back, soak pressure and launch counters with their attacking trident of Osimhen, Lookman, and Chukwueze. In the 2019 AFCON knockout round, Nigeria clashed with Cameroon, and it was a memorable affair as Odion Ighalo’s brace combined with an exquisite Alex Iwobi goal propelled the Super Eagles to 3-2 victory.
In contrast, Cameroon claimed an epic three points in their final round of group C match. In the 85th minute, Cameroon faced an imminent exit from the competition as Gambia surged ahead 2-1, overturning a one-goal deficit. Yet, fortune favored the Indomitable Lions just two minutes later when Gambia’s defender James Gomez inadvertently scored an own goal.
The dramatic turn continued in stoppage time as Christopher Wooh secured a last-gasp victory for the five times champion by progressing. They defy the odds and ensure their continued journey in the tournament.
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Cameroon stands as the biggest enemy for Nigeria in the AFCON history. The Indomitable Lions have won the title at the expense of Nigeria on three different occasions after defeating them in the 1984, 1988, and 2000 finals.
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