Nigeria’s Super Eagles are on a mission to extend their dominance over the Indomitable Lions of Cameroon when both sides clash at the Weiner Neustadt Stadium in Austria this Friday.
The game is a friendly match organized to prepare both teams for the 2022 World Cup qualifiers set to begin in September. But it will be a friendly match in name only. The match on Friday is set to re-ignite one of the fiercest rivalries in African football.
Fans from Nigeria and Cameroon have argued that their respective nations have claims to the title of “best footballing nation in Africa.” That’s just football heritage speaking through proud veins yet it is what it is.
The proximity of the two nations adds a little bit of spice to the rivalry and the games between both sides have always produced spectacular performances that the neutrals enjoy.
The Super Eagles lost the 2000 Africa Cup of Nations final to Cameroon on home turf but have not lost to the Cameroonians since that time. Nigeria knocked Cameroon out of the 2004 AFCON and came from behind to beat Cameroon 3-2 in the round of 16 at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
Nigeria are unbeaten in the last 6 games against Cameroon, winning 5 and drawing one. The Super Eagles would head into this tie full of confidence because of the head to head record, and their recent performances in competitive games and friendlies.
The Super Eagles secured their spot in the upcoming AFCON tournament having finished the qualifying stages unbeaten. In fact, the only loss recorded by the Nigerian team in the last 10 games was inflicted by African Champions; Algeria.
The players in the Nigeria squad also enjoyed successful seasons at some of the top clubs in Europe and Africa. However, Gernot Rohr faces a selection headache because a significant number of players will not be available for the clash against Cameroon.
Victor Osimhen, Simy Nwankwo, Zaidu Sanusi, Semi Ajayi, Ola Aina, Tyronne Ebuehi and Kevin Akpoguma informed the national team coach of their inability to make the trip due to injuries but the players available should be able to do enough to continue the impressive record against Cameroon.
Maduka Okoye is expected to retain his spot in goal while Shehu Abdullahi and Jamilu Collins would operate as full backs. Troost-Ekong and Awaziem would be a solid pairing at center-back while Ndidi and Etebo would play in a midfield pivot. Iwobi, Iheanacho, Ahmed Musa and Paul Onuachu completes the attack.
Okoye; Abdullahi, Troost-Ekong, Awaziem, Collins; Ndidi, Etebo; Iwobi, Iheanacho, Musa; Onuachu.