Published: Sat, July 06, 2019
Sport | By Kayla Schwartz

Super Eagles to battle Cameroon in AFCON Round of 16

Super Eagles to battle Cameroon in AFCON Round of 16

Nigeria coach Gernot Rohr has revealed he will field his best players for the crucial Round of 16 fixture against Cameroon at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.

Saturday's fixture in Alexandria will be the seventh time the two countries will be playing against each other in the biennial tournament.

After winning the last edition of the African Cup of Nations, Cameroon missed out of a place at the 2018 FIFA World Cup with Nigeria beating them to the sole ticket in the Group, but Onana said all that won't be matter on the pitch in Alexandria.

The Super Eagles eliminated Cameroon in the first knockout round the last time they were reigning champions in 2004, and their bid to repeat history looked on when Ighalo nudged Nigeria ahead with a scrappy opening goal after 19 minutes.

Rohr introduced Samuel Chukwueze with an hour gone but it was Ighalo, the top scorer in qualifying, who came to the rescue once more with a thumping finish after Ahmed Musa chested a cross into his path.

The changes turned out ineffective for Nigeria, as they suffered a 2-0 loss in the hands of the debutants, which left fans upset about the team's performance.

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The Super Eagles also need to pay more attention to their defensive display which has not been convincing.

Clinton N'Jie (Marseille), Stéphane Bahoken (Angers), Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting (PSG), Karl Toko Ekambi (Villarreal), Joel Tagueu (Portugal Marítimo) and Jacques Zoua (Astra Giurgiu) are the players classed as strikers in the Cameroun squad.

"For us, it is a big motivation to face a good side like Nigeria". But all the same, it is a game that I see that we can win.

"Cameroon is a good side, very hard with good physique and they have technical players", Ndidi told the NFF media. I expect them to play well as always.

"We're ready to play any team and we have to show that we are stronger than them".

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