Nigeria and Cameroon will square off at the Stade Felix Houphouet-Boigny stadium in Abidjan, Ivory Coast, on January 27. The game is a knockout round match for the Africa Cup of Nations.
It’s interesting to note that Cameroon’s first 3 victories over Nigeria came at the same Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny in Abidjan, which will host this Round of 16 matchup. The two teams met for a game back in 1984. Despite Muda Lawal giving Nigeria the lead after ten minutes, Cameroon prevailed, winning 3-1. Meanwhile, Jose Peseiro, the coach of the Super Eagles of Nigeria, declared that he is unafraid of any adversary he would face in the Round of 16. Additionally, he stated that his squad was holding onto its objectives for the following round. In his post-match press conference on Monday in Abidjan, the Portuguese made this statement following their dramatic 1-0 victory against Guinea Bissau in the last group A game. The Super Eagles coach praised Equatorial Guinea for winning the table and expressed his satisfaction with the team’s 1-0 victory.
Cameroon moved up to second position in Group C after defeating Gambia 3-2 in their last Group match on Tuesday. With 5 AFCON titles under their belt, Cameroon is a formidable team that is aptly nicknamed the Indomitable Lions. In 2002, they successfully defended their title when they notably overcame Senegal on penalties. Frank Anguissa, the lone Cameroonian player on the 2023 CAF Team of the Year, is revered as the nation’s best player. In order to defeat Nigeria, the Indomitable Lions may need to rely on this team. In the most recent AFCON (2021), Cameroon easily won their group with 2 victories and a tie, but in Ivory Coast they only managed to advance out of group stage with only 4 points out of a potential 9.
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Nigeria vs Cameroon Game Information
- Date: Sat, Jan 27, 2024
- Time: 03:00 PM ET
- Location: Stade Félix Houphouët-Boigny.
- Live Stream: beIN Sports