AFCON: Buhari hails Eagles, asks team to remain focused after defeating Cameroon

AFCON: Buhari hails Eagles, asks team to remain focused after defeating Cameroon

Eric Maxim Choupo-Moting passed to Christian Bassogog on the left flank, who crossed in to the box with Stephane Bahoken ghosting in behind an unaware Omeruo to direct the ball in to the back of the net.

Cameroon on three occasions defeated Nigeria in the final AFCON (1984, 1988 and 2000).

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.

The Super Eagles struggled in the physical battle which enabled Cameroon to play more direct football with several crosses.

Three minutes later, Ighalo turned from scorer to provider with a through ball for Iwobi who surged into the area to apply a low finish past Onana.

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Despite trailing, Nigeria had more of the ball, showed more intent and restored parity in the 63rd minute courtesy Ighalo amid suspicions of offside.

The West African derby, as expected, was an eye-catching encounter. Cameroon had not scored in their last two games but produced two goals in one half after going behind. He turned provider for the victor, slotting through Ngadeu's legs to put Iwobi through on goal.

There was still time in the first half for the Super Eagles to nearly level matters. Kudos to the comeback spirit! Despite the three goals, the route to goal is still muddied while the defence isn't as water-tight as imagined.

The Eagles, Lions game is billed to kick off in Alexandria, today, at 5pm Nigerian time.

Eagles after recording 1-0 victory in their first two games fell 2-0 to Madagascar to concede leadership in the group, hence, the crunch fixture which is looking like a semi or final match of the competition.